Prof. Lin Cheng, Prof. Terry Peach and Prof. Fang Wang at Department of Economic History recently published a new edited volume, “The Political Economy of the Han Dynasty and Its Legacy”. This edited collection, published by the Routledge and intended for a global audience, was the second English-language work by the three professors, following their first edited volume in 2014— “The History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought”.
The book includes 10 chapters written by over 10 noted scholars in the fields of Chinese economic history, history of Chinese economic thought and Chinese studies in the country and abroad, such as Lin Cheng, Xiangcai Zhong, Tao Ma, Chaomin Li, Fang Wang, Terry Peach, Gavin S.H. Chiu, S.C. Kwan, Elisa Levi Sabattini and Bertram Schefold. It contains original essays on various aspects of the Han’s political economy and its legacy, from Dong Zhongshu and Confucian economic thought, the monetary and fiscal system, war economy, to ‘land quota’ system, Yantie lun, Sima Qian and laissez faire. The book, which took more than 5 years from start to publication, includes the latest research findings of many leading scholars in Chinese studies. It will positively contribute to acquainting foreign scholars with the latest research findings on the Han Dynasty's political economy and economics and promoting the status of history of ancient Chinese economic thought in the world history of economic thought.
As one of the important bases and academic centers for the research and teaching of the history of ancient Chinese economic thought, the Department of Economic History at SOE keeps the good academic traditions of the older generation of scholars represented by Professor Jichuang Hu and advocates the pursuit of an academic career and the awareness about problems. It also seeks to weave localization, internationalization and innovation in the fabric of department and encourages interdisciplinary communication and different research methods. The department has been actively promoting the history of ancient Chinese economic thought to “go out” and acquaint the world with Chinese economic thoughts.
In 2009，Prof. Lin Cheng attended the 41st annual UK History of Economic Thought Conference at the University of Manchesteras a special guest and gave a 40-minute keynote speech. This was the first time that a Chinese scholar in economic thought had attended the conference. Since 2012, faculty members and students in the department, led by Prof. Lin Cheng and Prof. Fang Wang, have attended many academic international conferences, including the 16th World Congress of Economic History, 2014 Annual Conference of the History of Education Society, the 21st Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought and the 51st annual UK History of Economic Thought Conference, and organized a number of special sessions on the history of Chinese economic thought; two faculty members of the department were invited to Duke University and the Manchester University as visiting scholars. Also, graduate students in the department have more opportunities to increase international exchange experiences: since 2011, over 10 students have visited the world-famous universities, such as the University of Toronto, Duke University, Trinity College, and Clemson University, and received favorable comments from the universities.
About the book:
This book contains original essays on various aspects of the Han’s political economy and its legacy, written by leading Chinese and Western scholars whose collective expertise spans Economic History, History of Economic Thought and Sinology.
Table of Contents:
List of contributors;
Chapter 1: The Political Economy of the Han: Introduction, Terry Peach;
Chapter 2: From Contention to Unification: Transformation of Economic Thought in the Han Dynasty and its Heritage, Cheng Lin and Zhang Shen;
Chapter 3: Dong Zhongshu and Confucian Economic Thought as State Ideology in the Western Han Dynasty, Zhong Xiangcai;
Chapter 4: The Monetary and Fiscal System of the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties, Ma Tao and Li Wei;
Chapter 5: Monetary Thought in the Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms Period (220 BCE-280 CE), Gavin S.H. Chiu and S.C. Kwan;
Chapter 6: The System of Tribute Equalisation in the Han, Li Chaomin;
Chapter 7: War Economy in the Western Han Dynasty, Elisa Levi Sabattini;
Chapter 8: The ‘Land Quota’ System in the Han Dynasty and its Historical Influence, Wang Fang;
Chapter 9: A Western Perspective on the Yantie lun, Bertram Schefold;
Chapter 10: Sima Qian and Laissez Faire: Satire on a ‘Discordant and Degenerate Age’, Terry Peach;
About the Editors：
Cheng Lin is Professor and Dean of the Department of Economic History at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Vice-President of the Society of the History of Chinese Economic Thought. His main research area is the history of Chinese economic thought with a particular focus on nineteenth and early twentieth century thought.
Terry Peach is Professor of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and has previously taught at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford. His research and publications fall within the area of history of economic thought, recently extended to include ancient Chinese and Greek thought.
Wang Fang is Professor of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her main research field is the history of Chinese economic thought from ancient times to the present, with particular attention to ideas concerning land issues.