A Two Day Conference at Yale Universityy

Organiser: KURODA, Akinobu (U of Tokyo/Yale)

Dates: September 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday)

Venue: The International Room in the Sterling Memorial Library

In association with the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University

and the Todai-Yale Initiative

Supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (No. 22330102 ‘International Collaborating Research of the Complementarity among Monies Caused by Temporality, Seasonality and Spatiality in Making Transactions’).



Beyond Smithian Growth: Revisiting the Economic History of Early Modern Japan and China

Prior to the opening of the treaty ports in the mid-19th century, both Japan and China were dependent on peasant economies. And, yet, they were to follow very different paths of economic development after that point. In order to make sense of this difference, it is necessary for us to look beyond simple notions of Smithian growth, and examine the nature of exchanges that took place among peasant households. Paying attention not only to the division of labour among households by vocation or products but also allocations of labour within households and their multiple connections to the market is indispensable for understanding peasant economies. Comparing the cases of early modern Japan and China can also help provide alternative ways to think about the dichotomy between state and market, urban and rural, and so on.

Part 1 chaired by Valerie Hansen (Yale)
KURODA, Akinobu (U of Tokyo) Peasant economy and multiplicity of market in China
TANIMOTO, Masayuki (U of Tokyo) Labour allocation in modern Japanese rural household

Intermission 1100-1115

SUZUKI,Jun (U of Tokyo) Comparison of naval factory between Meiji Japan and Qing China
Fabian Drixler (Yale) The financial infrastructure of welfare institutions in Tokugawa Japan

Lunch break 1245-1345

Part 2 chaired by Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale)
David Howell (Harvard) Growing Pains: Making Sense of the Peasant Economy in Late Tokugawa Japan
Elizabeth Koll (Harvard) Moving Goods in the Market Place: Railroads as Economic Infrastructure in Republican China


Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics) Transport costs and monetization in commercializing economies: medieval England and Colonial Africa compared

General Discussion 1620-1730
Daniel Botsman (Yale) Japanese history, Peter Perdue (Yale) Chinese history

Is money substitutive or complementary? East Asian monetary history in global perspective

Until the late 19th century nine out of ten humans across the world made use of multiple systems of money in everyday life. The importance of small denomination coinage, the imaginary usage of silver by weight, and the prevalence of local paper monies in East Asia show that, depending on the situation, money worked in complementary ways rather than substitutive. Economists, anthropologist, numismatist and historians, whose research covers Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe will discuss this issue and help to explore why it is that a single unified currency cannot ever dominate the entire world.

Part 1 chaired by Fabian Drixler (Yale)
KURODA, Akinobu (U of Tokyo) Complementarity among monies in Chinese, Japanese and global history
Elizabeth Kaske (Carnegie Mellon U) Office selling and money in 19th century China

Intermission 1130-45

Patrice Baubeau (U Paris X) French paper during the 19th century: a story of substitution and complementarity
David Weiman (Columbia, Barnard) Panics and The Disruption of Payments Networks: The United States in 1893 and 1907

Lunchtime 1315-1415

Part 2 chaired by Peter Perdue (Yale)
Bruno Théret, (CNRS, U Paris IX) Monetary experiments of complementarity among fiscal monies in contemporary federal polities: some general principles and the case of Argentina between 1984 and 2003

Intermission 1500-1515

General Discussion 1515-1700
Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale) Economics, William Goetzmann (Yale) Business, Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins) Anthropology, Georges Depeyrot (CNRS/ENS Paris) Numismatics

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掲載期間:20120722 - 20120929
当日期間:20120928 - 20120929