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Launching a new book China's Political Economy in Modern Times: Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800–2000

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Public lecture

Time: 19:00-21:00, 6th December (Tuesday), 2011
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre (NAB LG08), LSE
Speaker: Dr Kent Deng (Economic History; CCPN; CIBL, LSE)
Chair: Professor Athar Hussain (Asia Research Centre, LSE)

Abstract: The year 2011 is the centenary of the 1911 Revolution. It is time for us to revisit China’s history in the past two centuries. The period from 1800 to 2000 was underscored by turbulent changes unseen since the Mongol conquest of the thirteenth century. Crises of wide scope and high intensity appeared: recurrent civil wars, repeated unrest, continual political purges, society-wide narcotic abuse, and an unparalleled man-made famine. China was also defeated five times by invaders and forced into humiliating treaties with a host of foreign powers. China became a country of Murphy’s Law, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The aim of the book is to unveil the key mechanisms affecting a quarter of humanity over the past two centuries. The major objective of the study is to disentangle truth from myth, probe the real historical causation, and measure the costs and benefits of changes. The sole criterion used here is whether they delivered anything good for the majority instead of falling into the Hegelian fatalist trap of ‘all that is real is rational and all that is rational is real’. Changes could well be irrational and unnecessary in the view of historical counterfactual. The intended thrust of this book is a high degree of consistency, something commonly lacking in works in this field, in explaining China’s past failures and China’s recent successes without introducing an external force such as the British invasion in the 1840 Opium War or some farfetched factors such as universal class struggle or oriental despotism.

Speaker’s Biography: Dr Kent Deng is Reader in Economic History, Director of China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN); Co-Director of the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL), LSE. He is Fellow of Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), and the winner of ‘The Best Thesis in the Last Four Years’, awarded by the International Economic History Society, 1994. He is the author of several books on the maritime sector of China, the Chinese literati and the Chinese peasantry. He has also written a list of papers and articles.

Note: This is a public lecture, on first come first serve basis. It is jointly arranged by Asia Research Centre, China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN), and Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL)

邓钢博士是伦敦经济学院经济史系准教授,中国比较研究网主任(CCPN),伦敦商务孔子学院联席院长(CBIL); 皇家历史学会院士;曾为国际经济史协会最佳论文奖获得者;发表了论著5部,论文数十篇。这部新著专为纪念辛亥革命100周年而作,它全面系统地审视了中国 过去200年的历史,有助于我们深度理解中国及其社会发展的历程,以及对中国社会未来发展走势的展望。这次隆重的新书发布演讲是由伦敦经济学院亚洲研究中 心、中国比较研究网和伦敦商务孔子学院联合举办,并由亚洲研究中心主任、著名经济学家、亚洲和中国专家Athar Hussain教授主持。 

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See this event on Confucius Institute for Business London website.

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China's Political Economy in Modern Times: Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800–2000
Hardcover:
320 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415674050
ISBN-13: 978-0415674058

(now available on Amazon.com )

Contents

Preface 

Part One
1. Changes in Modern China and Their Causes 
2. The Qing State and Its Success 
3. The Withering State and Its Consequences 
4. Empire-wide Unrest and Failures in State-Building, 1850–70 
5. Sate Revitalisation and Federalism, 1850–1911 
6. Musical Chairs for More State-Builders in the Twentieth Century 

Part Two
7. Benchmarking Economic Performance, 1800–2000 
8. Performance with the Private Economy, 1800–1936 
9. Performance under Destruction, 1937–77 
10. Fast Recovery, Growth, Development and the Future 
11. Conclusion 

A short description

To mark the centenary of the 1911 Revolution, this book is a major attempt to contribute to the study of changes in China's institutions and their impact on the national economy as well as ordinary people's daily material life from 1800 to 2000.  

The trust of the book is its high consistency and coherence in revealing China's mega-cycle of prosperity-poverty-prosperity without, for the first time, the usual attribution to the 1840 Opium War, or the alleged population pressure (including bad weather), class struggle and oriental despotism.  

The book challenges the conventional view on 'rebellions', 'revolutions' and their alleged motivations and outcomes. Its findings separate commonly circulated myths with reality based on solid evidence and careful evaluation. The benchmark used by the author is people's entitlement and mundane day-to-day material well being, instead of the stereotype of aggregates of industrial hardware and national GDP. 

The author proves that state-building was the prime mover in China's modern history. Contrary to the popular belief in mass movement, the book shows convincingly that changes were in most cases imposed by a minority with external help. Therefore, the quality of the state was unpredictable, seen from the anti-state that cost lives and economic growth.  

The relevant audience are students and scholars in Modern Chinese history, modern Chinese economic history;  modern Asian history,  modern Asian economic history; modern Chinese politics,  modern Asian politics; modern China sociology; modern Asian sociology; modern development studies; international media, government and international consultancy.

It will well suit the second year BA level and above (MA, MSc and MPhil) as a textbook for modern Chinese studies (history, culture, economy, and politics) and Asian studies (history, culture, economy, and politics); it will also suit the third year BA level and above (MA, MSc and MPhil) as a textbook for modern development studies; it will also work as a reference for policy think-thanks dealing with China.

 

 

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公开讲座

时间: 2011 年12月6日下午7点至9点
地点: Sheikh Zayed Theatre (NAB LG08), LSE
讲者: 邓纲博士 (经济史; CCPN; CIBL, LSE)
主席: Athar Hussain 教授 (LSE亚洲研究中心)

择要: 2011 年是1911年辛亥革命一百周年纪念。现在是时候让我们重温过去二百年中国的历史。从1800至2000年的时期显示了自十三世纪蒙古人征服以来没有见过的急剧变化。范围广范和高强度的危机出现了:不断的内战,反复的动荡,持续的政治整肃,社会普遍的滥用毒品,以及无与伦比的人为饥荒。中国还五次被侵略者击败及被迫与许多外国势力签订屈辱的条约。中国成为一个墨菲定律的国家,一切都可能出问题,出了问题。这本书的目的是要揭开影响四分之一人类在过去两个世纪的关键机制。这项研究的主要目标是将真相与神话解开,探索真实的历史因果关系,并测量变革的成本和好处。这里使用的唯一标准是他们是否提供了什么好东西给大多数,而不是落入黑格尔“一切真实的都是理性的,而所有是理性的都是真实的”的宿命论者陷阱。变化很可能从历史反事实的观点是不合理的和不必要的。这本书的目的重点是高度的一致性,一些在这个领域普遍缺乏的工作,在没有引入一个像1840年鸦片战争中的英国入侵的外力或一些像普世阶级斗争或东方专制主义的牵强因素下解释中国过去的失败和中国最近的成功。

讲者生平: 邓钢博士是伦敦经济学院经济史系准教授,中国比较研究网(CCPN)主任,伦敦商务孔子学院(CBIL)联席院长。他是皇家历史学会院士(FRHistS);并曾为国际经济史协会1994年度'过去四年最佳论文奖'的获得者;他是几本关于中国的海事部门,中国文人与中国农民的书的作者。他也写过一系列的论文和文章。

附注: 这是一个先到先得的公开讲座。这是由亚洲研究中心, 中国比较研究网络 (CCPN) 和伦敦商务孔子学院 (CIBL)

邓钢博士是伦敦经济学院经济史系准教授,中国比较研究网(CCPN)主任,伦敦商务孔子学院(CBIL)联席院长;皇家历史学会院士(FRHistS);曾为国际经济史协会最佳论文奖获得者;发表了论著5部,论文数十篇。这部新著专为纪念辛亥革命100周年而作,它全面系统地审视了中国 过去200年的历史,有助于我们深度理解中国及其社会发展的历程,以及对中国社会未来发展走势的展望。这次隆重的新书发布演讲是由伦敦经济学院亚洲研究中 心、中国比较研究网和伦敦商务孔子学院联合举办,并由亚洲研究中心主任、著名经济学家、亚洲和中国专家Athar Hussain教授主持。

在LSE的网页: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2011/20121206t1900vNABLG08.aspx 看这个活动

在亚洲研究中心网站http://www2.lse.ac.uk/asiaResearchCentre/events/forthcomingEvents.aspx

在伦敦孔子学院的网站看这个活动.

China's Political Economy in Modern Times: Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800–2000
精装本:
 320 页
出版者: Routledge 第一版 (2011年9月16日)
语言: 英文
ISBN-10: 0415674050
ISBN-13: 978-0415674058

(现在可以在 Amazon.com 上购买)

内容

前言

第一部分
1. Changes in Modern China and Their Causes 
2. The Qing State and Its Success 
3. The Withering State and Its Consequences 
4. Empire-wide Unrest and Failures in State-Building, 1850–70 
5. Sate Revitalisation and Federalism, 1850–1911 
6. Musical Chairs for More State-Builders in the Twentieth Century

第二部分
7. Benchmarking Economic Performance, 1800–2000 
8. Performance with the Private Economy, 1800–1936 
9. Performance under Destruction, 1937–77 
10. Fast Recovery, Growth, Development and the Future 
11. Conclusion

简介

为纪念辛亥革命一百周年,这本书是对促进1800年至2000年间中国的机构的变化及其对国民经济及普通百姓的日常物质生活的影响的研究的一个重大尝试。

本书的特点是其在第一次没有惯常地归结于1840年的鸦片战争,或被指称的人口压力(包括恶劣天气), 阶级斗争和东方专制主义下揭示中国的繁荣与贫困的超级周期的高一致性和连贯性。

这本书挑战“叛乱”, “革命”及他们的动机和结果的传统观点。调查发现将普遍流传的神话与基于确凿的证据和细致的评估的现实分开。作者使用的基准是人民的权利和平凡的每天的物质福利, 而不是工业硬件和国民生产总值的聚集体。

作者证明了国家建设是中国近代史的主要推动者。有别于一般相信的群众运动, 这本书令人信服地表明变化在大多数情况下是被少数人通过外部帮助所强加的。因此, 从反国家所夺去的人命和经济增长看到国家的质量是不可预测的。

相关的听众是中国现代史, 现代中国经济史;  现代亚洲史, 现代亚洲经济史; 现代中国政治, 现代亚洲政治; 现代中国社会学; 现代亚洲社会学; 现代发展研究; 国际媒体, 政府与国际顾问的学生和学者。

它将会很适合本科二年级水平及以上 (MA, MSc 和 MPhil) 作为一本现代中国研究(历史, 文化, 经济和政治) 及亚洲研究 (历史, 文化, 经济和政治)的教科书; 它将会很适合本科三年级水平和以上 (MA, MSc 和 MPhil) 作为一本现代发展研究的教科书; 它也将会是与中国交往的政策智囊的一个参考。

 

(韩志豪译)

 

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