Notes on Contributors
Cao Jin

is a post-doctoral researcher in the field of Chinese studies at Tübingen University, Germany, and Peking University. Her scholarship focuses on questions of social and economic history as well as on the history of science and technology in late Imperial China. She currently works on cosmological, political, economic, and scientific aspects of metrology in Song China.

C. Patterson Giersch

is Professor of History at the Wellesley College, ma. His research focuses on intersection of empire and ethnicity in 1700s, and 20th century transnational trade networks. His most noticeable publication is Asian Borderlands: The Transformation of Qing China’s Yunnan Frontier (2006).

Roger Greatrex

is professor in Chinese Studies at Lund University, Sweden, and does research on Chinese administrative and criminal law, particularly in the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as on Sino-Tibetan relations. His current research covers the themes Chinese Trademark Law in the 21st Century and Counterfeiting and Counterfeiters in Late Imperial China.

Huang Fei

is Junior Professor for Chinese History and Society at the Institute of Chinese and Korean Studies of Tübingen University. Her research interests concentrate on landscape studies, material culture studies, historical anthropology, art history and cultural geography in late imperial China.

Elisabeth Kaske

is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the historical study of late nineteenth and early twentieth century China, covering various disciplines including military history, language policies and sociolinguistics, as well as social and fiscal studies.

Nanny Kim

is a postdoctoral researcher working on various issues in Chinese transport history as well as on copper mining in Yunnan. Her publications include “River Control, Merchant Philanthropy and Environmental Change in Nineteenth-Century China, 1805–1840” (2009) and Mining, Monies, and Culture in Early Modern Societies: East Asian and Global Perspectives (2013, ed.).

Ulrich Theobald

is Senior Lecturer for Chinese Studies at Tübingen University. He has published on military labour, war finance and logistics, monetary history, border peoples and Chinese empresses. He currently works on the changes in the appointment of local officials in 19th-century China.

John E. Wills, Jr. († 2017)

was of late Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Southern California. His books include Pepper, Guns, and Parleys: The Dutch East India Company and China, 1662–1681 (1974), Embassies and Illusions: Dutch and Portuguese Envoys to K’ang-hsi, 1666–1687 (1984) and 1688: A Global History (2001). His research interests were the Ming-Qing transition in 17th century China, pre-modern Chinese foreign relations, China’s coastal regions and their overseas connections, and the maritime interconnections of Europeans and Asians in early modern times.

Yang Yuda

is Professor at the Institute of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University, Shanghai. He has worked and published on the history of mining, frontier and environment of the province of Yunnan in traditional China, especially the Qing period.