- Visiting Assistant Professor
- Binghamton University, State University of New York
This project examines the economic rise of China and concurrent social problems from a historical comparative perspective. It hypothesizes that China’s rural economic expansion in the early reform period constituted an “industrious revolution” analogous to that in the 18th century and that social leveling was a necessary precondition. An industrious revolution is defined as a development path alternative to Braudelian capitalism and different from the Industrial Revolution. The project intends to explore how the concept of industrious revolution can shed new light on long-term historical change in China and provide implications for solving contemporary development problems such as underemployment and livelihood insecurity.