Roots and Routes of Development in China and India

Highlights of Fifty Years of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (1957-2007)

This volume brings together some of the very best of half a century of enduring scholarship in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. The selected articles show how historians have developed their understanding of economic and social change in China and India. As introduced by two of its current editors, these seminal studies not only demonstrate the crucial contributions of JESHO but also reflect the various scholarly tendencies in their respective fields. Hence this volume offers readers a unique opportunity to critically compare the historical and the historiographical roots and routes of the modern development of these two new global superpowers.

The contributions in this volume have been previously published as articles in Brill’s journal Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (www.brill.com/jesh). Please see the table of contents for more information.
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Biographical Note

Jos Gommans has been the editor-in-chief of The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient since 2006. His major publications are The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire, c.1710-1780 (1994;1999); Dutch Sources on South Asia c.1600-1825 (2001); and Mughal Warfare: Indian Frontiers and Highroads to Empire 1500-1700 (2002); he has also edited five volumes. Since 1993 he has been associate professor of South Asian History at Leiden University's Kern Institute, and in 2008 was visiting professor at the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA). At present, he is working on a monograph about the Dutch overseas empire.
Harriet T. Zurndorfer has been associate professor of Chinese history at the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, since 1978. Her major publications include Change and Continuity in Chinese Local History: The Development of Hui-chou Prefecture 800–1800 (1989); China Bibliography: A Guide to Reference Works about China Past and Present (1995); and Chinese Women in the Imperial Past: New Perspectives (editor, 1999). From 1991 to 2000 she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. She also founded the journal Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China, which Brill has published since 1999. In 2000 she was elected to a visiting fellowship to All Souls College, Oxford; she has also been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION

JOS GOMMANS AND HARRIET ZURNDORFER,
Connecting the Giants through a Global Perspective

CHINA

DENIS TWITCHETT
Lands under State Cultivation under the T’ang
JESHO 1 (1959): 162-203.

E. BALAZS
The Birth of Capitalism in China.
JESHO 2 (1960): 196-216.

ROBERT HARTWELL
A Cycle of Economic Change in Imperial China: Coal and Iron in Northeast China, 750-1350.
JESHO 10 (1967): 102-59.

JUNG-PANG LO
Maritime Commerce and its Relation to the Sung Navy.
JESHO 12 (1969): 75-101.

PATRICIA EBREY
Estate and Family Management in the Later Han as seen in the 'Monthly Instructions for the Four Classes of People'.
JESHO 17 (1974): 173-205.

TIMOTHY BROOK
The Merchant Network in 16th Century China.
JESHO 24 (1981): 165-214.

KENNETH POMERANZ, Is there an East Asian Development Path? Long-term Comparisons, Constraints, and Continuities.
JESHO 44 (2001): 322-362.

SOUTH ASIA

A. BASHAM
A New Interpretation of Indian History.
JESHO 1 (1957/8): 333-347.


J. DUNCAN M. DERRETT
Law and the Social Order in India before the Muhammadan Conquests.
JESHO 7 (1964): 73-120.

GEORGE W. SPENCER
Religious Networks and Royal Influence in Eleventh Century South India.
JESHO 12 (1969): 42-56.

KENNETH R. HALL
International Trade and Foreign Diplomacy in Early Medieval South India.
JESHO 21 (1978): 75-98.

VIJAYA RAMASWAMY
The Genesis and Historical Role of the Masterweavers in South Indian Textile Production.
JESHO 28 (1985): 295-325.

IQTIDAR HUSAIN SIDDIQUI
Water Works and Irrigation System in India during Pre-Mughal Times.
JESHO 29 (1986): 52-77.

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