Economic History Workshop
Doing Business With Your Fellow Buddhists: The Credit System Underlying Sino-japanese Trade, 1100-1270
Yiwen Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong
Wednesday October 30, 2019
By reinterpreting a set of correspondence between Chinese monks and Japanese monks, Yiwen Li of City University of Hong Kong will present her study which investigates the uses of credit in a lumber transaction between the prestigious Jingshan monastery in Hangzhou, China, and a newly established monastery in Hakata, Japan. Comparing this transaction with those of individual merchants and other less-privileged monasteries using credit in overseas trade, her study shows that monasteries could transfer the religious and political resources they possessed into commercial assets to get easy access to credit in long-distance trade and to cut down transaction cost. During an era when the credit system had not taken shape, monasteries actively cooperated with merchants and took advantage of their religious networks to participate in overseas trade.
[Call for Papers] The seventh Annual International Symposium on Quantitative History Yantai, Shandong, China
July 16 -1 7, 2019
We are pleased to announce that the Seventh Annual International Symposium on Quantitative History will take place at Longfor Learing Center in Yantai, Shandong Province, China, July 16 - 17, 2019. The symposium is hosted by the Society for Quantitative History, in collaboration with University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University and School of History, Renmin University of China. We now invite submissions of research papers on all relevant historical topics using quantitative approaches including but not limited to economic and social history, political history, cultural history, business and financial history and archival history.