[KS] Kyujanggak Colloquium: Economic History of Korea, 1400-1900 (Lewis)

서울대학교 국제한국학센터 icks at snu.ac.kr
Thu Jun 9 21:42:14 EDT 2011

Dear list members,

For the last colloquium before the summer break, the Kyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies is pleased to invite everyone to a talk  by Dr. James B Lewis. Dr Lewis is lecturer in Korean history at Oxford University and Fellow of Wolfson College; currently he is also a visiting research fellow at Kyujanggak. His presentation is entitled:

An Economic History of Korea from 1400 to 1900: 
Documents, Data, and Interpretations

Abstract: The field of economic history has expanded immensely over the past fifteen years and great strides have been taken to gather quantifiable data on the Choson period. The presentation addresses questions related to environmental, epidemiological, population, and agricultural histories and touches on political economy to begin piecing together a macro-system. Questions related to regions and economic sectors (royal household, government, farming sector, and merchants) introduce micro-systems. Previous interpretive frameworks (Malthus, Monetarists, Marx, Polyani, and Involution) are critiqued. A case is made for using Adam Smith to interpret the period after the Imjin Waeran.

Where: Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (Seoul National University), seminar room (first floor)

When: Thursday June 16, 12:30 
(light lunch - kimpap - will be provided)


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