International Society for Quantitative History

QH Webinar Series

Political divergence between East and West in the 8th & 9th centuries

09:00 | Thursday, November 12, 2020

English

Clair Yang

Clair Yang

Assistant Professor, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang

Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Clair Yang and Yasheng Huang investigate a worldwide phenomenon of “political divergence” between East and West. During the 8th to 10th century, both Western Europe and China achieved political stability but through dramatically different routes. Western Europe developed parliamentary representation on the basis of a power balance between the aristocrats and the crown, whereas China consolidated absolutism with the help of state bureaucracy and exam-based meritocracy. In this Quantitative History Webinar, Clair will present empirical evidence that documents this great political divergence. Her presentation will introduce the audience to a theory that seeks to explain the dynamic evolution of monarchy-aristocracy power balance and its implication on political stability and institutional improvements.

Discussant: Tuan-Hwee Sng (National University of Singapore)

Live on Zoom on November 12, 2020
09:00 Hong Kong | 10:00 Tokyo | 12:00 Sydney
20:00 Previous day New York Time

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Clair Yang, Yasheng Huang

English

The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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