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China and Europe, 1500–2000 and Beyond: What is Modern?
Emperors and Reign Periods (PDF)
Timeline of Chinese Inventions (PDF)
China's Gifts to the West (PDF)
Chinese Ideas in the West (PDF)
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Introduction: New Directions in World History, 1500–Present
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About Kenneth L. Pomeranz

Professor Kenneth L. Pomeranz's research has moved in three separate but related directions. The first is the study of the reciprocal influence of state, society, and economy in late Imperial and twentieth century China. His first book, From Core to Hinterland, uses one region of North China as a prism through which to view several related themes: the reorientation of the Chinese state from a focus on social reproduction (especially in ecologically marginal areas) to an emphasis on survival in a world of competing nation states; changing relations between the national government, regional interests and legal society; economic and ecological change; effects of imperialism on state-making, and peasant protest.

A second set of Professor Pomeranz's projects develops similar themes on a much larger scale. With these projects he attempts to understand the origins of the world economy as the outcome of mutual influences among various regions. The first volume in this study, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, analyzes early industrialization in the context of the ecological constraints shared by most of the world's most densely populated and commercially sophisticated regions and also explores Europe's unique exit from these problems through access to the New World.

Professor Pomeranz also coauthored The World That Trade Created with Steven Topik. A book for a more general audience, it reframes the growth of the world economy as the intersection of efforts emanating from many places and traces the economy's surprising and sometimes perverse impact on the lives of the so–called ordinary people.


About R. Bin Wong

Professor Wong's research and writing focus on Chinese, East Asian, and world history. A book, China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience, combines the first and third of these by comparing Chinese and European patterns of economic development, state formation, and social protest since roughly 1500. As for East Asian history, Professor Wong has been working on a textbook project tentatively entitled East Asia: Global, Regional and Local Perspectives. He is actively engaged in two collaborative projects: one with an economic historian on Chinese and European dynamics of economic change, and the other with two historical sociologists examining patterns of state transformation in China, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Professor Wong also directs UCLA's Asia Institute, which houses research centers and programs devoted to different parts of Asia.