Report: Workshop Economic Geography of Industrialization

The HINDI research group, in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History (IISH) organized at Thu-Fri 22-23 March 2018 a workshop on the economic geography of long-run industrialization (approx. 1800 – 2010) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Here, economists, economic historians, and economic geographers discussed the quantitative long-run regional process of industrialization, as well as the empirical and political conclusions one can derive from it. Below, preliminary versions of the papers can be found, which are expected to be bundled in an edited volume. For the people seeking more information, are advised to contact the organizers Bas van Leeuwen and Robin Philips via the contact form.



STRUCTURE OF THE WORKSHOP/VOLUME

Part 1: Regional Industrialization in Western Europe
Sebastian Keibek (Cambridge University) and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge University): The regional foundations on which the world’s first industrial nation was built. abstract paper
Robin Philips (IISH) and Erik Buyst (University of Leuven): Local and regional industrial development in the Low Countries, 1820 – 2010. abstract paper
Part 2: Regional Industrialization in the Eurasian Periphery
Stefan Nikolić (University of Groningen) and Leonard Kukić (London School of Economics): Regional industrialization of Yugoslavia in the long-run. abstract paper **
Anna Missiaia (Lund University): Old patterns die Hard: regional aspects of Italian industrialization in the long run. abstract paper
Erdem Kabadayı (Koç University). Long term regional dynamics of industrialization, from the late Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey in the twentieth century, 1850-2000. abstract paper
Part 3: Regional Industrialization in Asia
Xu Yi (Guangxi Normal University / IISH), Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Lin Wang (Guangxi Normal University) and Zhihua Tang (Guangxi Normal University). Regional industrial development along the Yangtze and Zhujiang rivers, ca. 1914-2004. abstract paper
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Jieli Li (IISH) and Zipeng Zhang (Utrecht University): regional industrialization in the basic metals sector in China (1850-2010). paper
Jean-Pascal Bassino (University of Lyon), Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University) and Tokihiko Settsu (Musashi University): The economic geography of Japanese industrialization (1800-2010). abstract paper
Part 4: A Thematic View on Regional Industrialization
Stijn Ronsse (Ghent University) and Glenn Rayp (Ghent University): The use of the Midelfarth-Knarvik model to study determinants of historical industrial locations. abstract paper
Robin Philips (IISH), Wouter Ronsijn (Ghent University) and Eric Vanhaute (Ghent University): Shifts from proto-industrialization to industrialization. abstract paper
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Peter Foldvari (University of Amsterdam), Robin Philips (IISH) and Meimei Wang (Utrecht University): Testing for co-location among manufacturing firms using micro-geographic data. abstract paper
Julio Martinez-Galarraga (University of Valencia) and Daniel Tirado (University of Barcelona): Market integration and economic geography in history: an overview. abstract
Patrizio Bianchi (University of Ferrara) and Sandrine Labory (University of Ferrara): Industrial policy for manufacturing revolutions. abstract

Please look here at the full program of the workshop in March 2018.

** At the request of the authors, the paper is only available on demand (by filling in the contact form of the HINDI website).

中山大学黄国信教授正式与HINDI项目组开展合作

近日,中山大学历史系黄国信教授应HINDI项目组之邀,正式加入HINDI项目组负责组织的《中国量化经济史》(The Quantitative Economic History of China)丛书,并与荷兰博睿(Brill)出版社签订出版合约。

Prof. Dr. Huang Guoxin 黄国信

黄国信教授1964年出生于湖南,先后就读于湖南省茶陵师范学校、中山大学历史系,1992年获历史学硕士学位,2003年获历史学博士学位。1993年迄今就职于中山大学历史系,历任助教(1993-1994)、讲师(1994-2001)、副教授(2001-2006)、教授(2006-),现为中山大学历史系暨历史人类学中心教授、博士生导师,兼任中山大学中国文化研究院执行院长、中山大学岭南文化研究院执行委员、教育部新世纪优秀人才、中国社会史学会副会长,曾先后赴香港科技大学人文学部、香港中文大学历史系访学。

黄国信教授研究兴趣以明清社会经济史为主,侧重于明清盐业史、商业史、社会史,在相关领域有着深厚的积累。因此本次合作,HINDI项目组邀请黄国信教授就清代盐业进行写作。本书作为HINDI项目组负责组织的《中国量化经济史》丛书分卷,亦是博睿出版社《全球经济史》丛书之部分,预期可于2018年9月前后完成,由博睿出版社出版英文版《Market and Administration:A Study on the Mechanism of Salt Monopoly in Qing Dynasty》,并由社会科学文献出版社同步出版中文版《清代盐政的市场原则与行政运作机制研究》。

the department of history Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学历史系

Workshop Economic Geography of Long-Run Industrialization

The HINDI research group, in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History (IISH), will be organizing at Thu-Fri 22-23 March 2018 a workshop on the economic geography of long-run industrialization (approx. 1800 – 2010) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The aim of this workshop will be to bring together economists, economic historians, and economic geographers with an academic interest in both the quantitative long-run regional process of industrialization, as well as the empirical and political conclusions one can derive from it. Those interested in attending, are recommended to contact the organizers Bas van Leeuwen and Robin Philips via the contact form.


The Industrial Revolution and its aftermath presented one of the most fascinating topics in the field of economic history. Like a slick of oil, new manufacturing firms spread first over England, followed by Western Europe and eventually the rest of the world. However, it is not clear how and why this process of industrialization differed over time and across regions. Rather, debates continue about topics such as why industrial activity is spatially distributed and what factors drive agglomeration of production. Lack of data has so far inhibited the connection between theory and empirics as well as history and economics, rendering the answer to above questions problematic, even though some interesting empirical studies have emerged. This proposed workshop is thus intended to bring together empirical and theoretical studies in a coherent framework, to explain spatial development in industrialization over the past two centuries.

The central question of this workshop is how and why industrialization spread across regions and over time. To deal with this question, the workshop will be subdivided in five panels. After an “econography” of industrialization dealing with the various models of industrialization and, more importantly, their empirical implications in the opening remarks, panels 1 – 3 of this workshop will deal with specific case studies of regional industrialization over the Eurasian continent. Walking first through the historiography of spatial industrialization, each presenter will cover one particular region during the 19th and 20th century, including various Western, Eurasian and Asian countries. This not only makes it possible to test if existing theories on economic agglomeration can be globally applied, but also contributes to the debates on regional divergence and the role of economic integration and globalization. In panels 4 – 5 the various presentations, partly based on the previous chapters as well as the literature, deal with the question how the various theories can be used in the fields of economic history and economic geography.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Thursday 22 March 2018

10:20 Opening Remarks by Bas van Leeuwen (IISH)
10:30 Panel 1: Regional Industrialization in Western Europe
Sebastian Keibek (Cambridge University) and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge University): The regional foundations on which the world’s first industrial nation was built. abstract
Robin Philips (IISH) and Erik Buyst (University of Leuven): Local and regional industrial development in the Low Countries, 1820 – 2010. abstract
Discussant: Ron Boschma (Utrecht University)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Panel 2: Regional Industrialization in Asia
Xu Yi (Guangxi Normal University / IISH), Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Lin Wang (Guangxi Normal University) and Zhihua Tang (Guangxi Normal University). Regional industrial development along the Yangtze and Zhujiang rivers, ca. 1914-2004. abstract
A BRIEF RESEARCH NOTE
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Jieli Li (IISH) and Zipeng Zhang (Utrecht University): regional industrialization in the basic metals sector in China (1850-2010).
Jean-Pascal Bassino (University of Lyon), Kyoji Fukao (Hitotsubashi University) and Tokihiko Settsu (Musashi University): The economic geography of Japanese industrialization (1800-2010). abstract
Discussant: Peer Vries (University of Vienna)
15:15 Coffee and Tea Break
15:30 Panel 3: Regional Industrialization in the European Periphery
Stefan Nikolić (University of Groningen) and Leonard Kukić (London School of Economics): Regional industrialization of Yugoslavia in the long-run. abstract
Anna Missiaia (Lund University): Old patterns die Hard: regional aspects of Italian industrialization in the long run. abstract
Erdem Kabadayı (Koç University). Long term regional dynamics of industrialization, from the late Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey in the twentieth century, 1850-2000. abstract
Discussant: Gijs Kessler (IISH)
18:00 Drinks
18:30 Dinner

Friday 23 March 2018

10:15 Panel 4: A Thematic View on Regional Industrialization *
Stijn Ronsse (Ghent University) and Glenn Rayp (Ghent University): The use of the Midelfarth-Knarvik model to study determinants of historical industrial locations. abstract
Robin Philips (IISH), Wouter Ronsijn (Ghent University) and Eric Vanhaute (Ghent University): Shifts from proto-industrialization to industrialization. abstract
Bas van Leeuwen (IISH), Peter Foldvari (University of Amsterdam), Robin Philips (IISH) and Meimei Wang (Utrecht University): Testing for co-location among manufacturing firms using micro-geographic data. abstract
Discussants: Jan Luiten van Zanden (Utrecht University) and Oedzge Atzema (Utrecht University)
12:30 Final Discussion
13:00 Lunch

Please download here the full program of the workshop.

Please download here the full list of abstracts for the workshop presentations.

Please download here the travel instructions.

Please follow this page for the upcoming papers of all workshop presentations.


* The following presenters were unable to attend the workshop:

  • Julio Martinez-Galarraga (University of Valencia) and Daniel Tirado (University of Barcelona): Market integration and economic geography in history: an overview. Please find here the abstract and paper.
  • Patrizio Bianchi (University of Ferrara) and Sandrine Labory (University of Ferrara): Industrial policy for manufacturing revolutions. Please find here the abstract and paper.

** At the request of the authors, the paper is only available on demand (by filling in the contact form of the HINDI website).