Asian History — New Series on Early-Modern and Modern Asian History
with Amsterdam University Press,
University of Salzburg, History Department, May 11, 12 and 13, 2015
Professor of Non-European and World History, University of Salzburg
Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:00 pm
Peterson Hall Rm 116 | 3460 McTavish Street | McGill University
Like many regions in the middle period and early modern times, East Asia was also characterized by a multi-currency system. Highly developed market regions that already used paper money and silver in international exchanges co-existed with many lower developed regions that maintained barter or commodity currencies. My talk will provide an overview of the role of bronze coins, the standard currency of China over centuries, and silver ingots as currencies in the Asian waters from the middle period to early modern times. It will be argued that the great exporter of “international” currencies, China, was eventually prompted to adopt a system of paper currency due to a scarcity of money metals that resulted from its integration into the Asian maritime world and beyond. In the sixteenth century, however, this supra-regional, global integration made China the worldwide largest silver sink. Japan emerged as her most important source of silver and, later, copper, although much silver also came from the new world.
This is the second keynote speech of the IOWC Conference ‘Currencies of Commerce in the Greater Indian Ocean World’
John W. Chaffee / Denis Twitchett (ed):
Sung China, 960-1279
2015 (The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 5, part two)
27. – 28. 11. 2014
The aim of this research project is to investigate the qualitative characteristics and changes of China’s maritime commerce and politics over time (c. 9th to 18th centuries) and space (South and Northeast China and its supra-regional, “global” integration), in order to obtain a much more detailed picture of China’s maritime politics and commerce. Weiterlesen
This project is being sponsored by the MCRI (Major Collaborative Research Initiative) sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My sub-project is also supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Gent University, Belgium.
Emergence and Development of Maritime Commerce in the East Asian World (2010-2018) Weiterlesen
PhD project carried out by Ma Guang (MA) at the Faculty of Arts, Ghent University, Belgium
October 2012 – October 2016
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Crossroads – Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World (縱 横 – 東亞世界交流史研究/クロスロード – 東アジア世界の交流史研究 / 크로스로드 – 東아시아 世界의 交流史 研究) is designed as an international forum for contributions related to the history of exchange relations in the East Asian world.
The journal is being sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Research Council.
Recovery of Traditional Technologies: A Comparative Study of Past and Present Fermentation and Associated distillation Technologies in Eurasia and their Roots
PhD project sponsored by Ghent University, Belgium (2012-2016)
“Huihui Medicine and Medicinal Drugs in Yuan China”, paper presented on the International Workshop “Eurasian Influences on Yuan China: Cross-cultural Transmissions in the 13th and 14th centuries”; Binghamton University, Downtown Centre Campus, 20.-21.11.2009, Binghamton, NY, USA (sponsored by the Chiang-Ching-Kuo Foundation, Taipei)
Research project has been sponsored by the VW-Foundation, May 2002 – July 2009
(see also under „projects“)
China’s Administration of Maritime Trade: From the Maritime Trade Office (shibo si) to the Customs House (haiguan). [This monograph is designed as a handbook for China’s maritime trade administration during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including extensive lists of persons in office] Weiterlesen