Interviews from the World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan, Aug 3–7, 2015.

Interview 1:’s Inaugural Interview is with Prof. Emeritus Yoshinobu Shiba of Osaka University, one of the world’s most distinguished scholars of the economic history of China in the Song Dynasty and author of “Commerce and Society in Sung China” (in Japanese, 1968). Interviewed by Prof. Ronald A. Edwards of

Interview 2: An interview with Prof. William Guanglin Liu, a rising star in the economic history of China’s Song Dynasty at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Interview 3: Prof. Kenneth Pomeranz is one of the nation’s leading scholars of modern Chinese economic history. He is University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College at the University of Chicago. He is past President of the American Historical Association and author of the award winning book “The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy” (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Interview 4: Dr. Kent Deng is a Reader in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He has written numerous papers and books on China’s long run economic and technological development. His most recent work focuses on the economic growth of China’s Song Dynasty.

Interview 5: Prof. R. Bin Wong is a Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Asia Institute at UCLA. He is the author of “China Transformed” (Cornell University Press, 1998).

Interview 6: Prof. Avner Greif is a Professor of Economics and Bowman Family Endowed Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and author of “Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade” (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Prof. Greif has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of Medieval European trade. Recently Prof. Greif has been working on comparisons between Europe and China.

Interview 7: An interview with Prof. Thomas G. Rawski and Prof. Evelyn S. Rawski. Prof. Thomas G. Rawski is an eminent economic historian of China and Professor of Economics and History at the University of Pittsburgh. Prof. Evelyn S. Rawski is also an eminent economic historian of China, a Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and Distinguished University Professor, Emerita.

Interview 8: An interview with Prof. Mio Kishimoto, an eminent social and economic historian of China and Professor of History at Ochanomizu University.

Interview 9: An interview with Prof. Qiang Chen, a Professor of Economics at Shandong University.

Interview 10: An interview with Prof. Tianyang Xi, an Assistant Professor at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) of Peking University.

Interview 11: Ms. Meng Zhang, a UCLA History PhD candidate interviewed by Prof. Ronald A. Edwards.


This session of the WEHC was organized by Prof. Ronald A. Edwards and Dr. Kent Deng. The presenters are: Dr. Kent Deng, Prof. William Guanglin Liu, Prof. Ronald A. Edwards, Prof. Kojiro Taguchi, Prof. Kenichi Tomobe and Dr. Miho Tanaka. The discussants are: Prof. Yoshinobu Shiba, Prof. William Guanglin Liu, Prof. Mio Kishimoto, Prof. Price Fishback and Prof. Naomi Lamoreaux.

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