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New nexus of power: Money, banks, and guilds on the frontier of the Qing Empire

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017. 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Meeting Description: 

We will discuss and give feedback on a chapter from Zhijian Qiao's PhD dissertation which he is in the process of finishing.

Zhijian Qiao, known among his friends as George, studies socioeconomic history of late imperial and modern China. After graduating from Fudan University's classical Chinese literature program in Shanghai, he began his graduate studies in the field of Early China at Stanford. An unexpected encounter with merchant mansions in North China's Shanxi Province led him switch from the studies of Han Dynasty Confucianism to the business culture and socioeconomic history of late imperial North China, a jump over two thousand years. He is currently working on his dissertation that chronicles the rise of the Shanxi merchants during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), who created the most powerful business network that China had ever witnessed prior to the modern times.