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Richard Von Glahn


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Email    VONGLAHN@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  9278 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3087

Economic and social history of China, 10th-18th centuries; monetary history; comparative economic history; global economic integration, 1000-1800; East Asian maritime history, 1000-1800. 

After completing an undergraduate degree majoring in Chinese at Connecticut College, I pursued graduate study in Chinese history at UC Berkeley (M.A.) and Yale University (Ph.D., 1983). I held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and the University of Rochester and an assistant professorship at Connecticut College before I joined the UCLA faculty in 1987. My primary field of research is the economic and social history of premodern China, with a particular focus on the period 1000-1700. My publications include four monographs in Chinese history, several edited books, and a co-authored textbook in world history. My research has been supported by a number of awards, including National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships (twice) and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  My most recent book is The Economic History of China from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 2016). Among my current projects, I am co-editing (with Debin Ma of the London School of Economics) The Cambridge Economic History of China (scheduled for publication in 2020) and serving as a senior editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Asian History, an on-line resource for scholars. In addition, I continue to pursue research in Chinese monetary history, especially the interrelationship between China’s monetary system and wider spheres of monetary circulation within Asia and on a global scale, and have embarked on a new project on the economic history of maritime East Asia from the ninth to the eighteenth centuries.

In addition to teaching courses on all periods of Chinese history, I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in world history.

Degrees

Ph.D., Yale University, 1983; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1977; B.A., Connecticut College, 1975

 

Selected Publications

Books:

The Country of Streams and Grottoes: Expansion, Settlement, and the Civilizing of the Sichuan Frontier in Song Times. Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1987. 

Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996. 

The Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History. Co-edited with Paul Jakov Smith. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2003.

Monetary History in Global Perspective, 1470-1800. Co-edited with Dennis O. Flynn & Arturo Giráldez. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2003. 

The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004. 

Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World. Co-authored with Bonnie Smith, Marc van der Mieroop, and Kris Lane. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012. 

The Economic History of China from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.



Recent Articles:

“State Formation in China from the Sui through the Song Dynasties.”  In The Cambridge History of the World, vol. 5, pp. 505-524.  Ed. Benjamin Z. Kedar and Merry Weisener-Hanks.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

“Chinese Coin and Changes in Monetary Preferences in Maritime East Asia in the 15th-16th Centuries.” In Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 57.5 (2014). 

“The Ningbo-Hakata Merchant Network and the Reorientation of East Asian Maritime Trade, 1150-1300.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 74.2 (2014) 

“Cycles of Silver in Chinese Monetary History.” In The Economic History of Lower Yangzi Delta in Late Imperial China: Connecting Money, Markets, & Institutions, pp. 17-71. Ed. Billy K.L. So. London: Routledge, 2012. 

“Household Registration, Property Rights, and Social Obligations in Imperial China: Principles and Practices.” In Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History, pp. 39-66 Ed. Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 

"La storia economica della Cina dal 221 a.C. al 1850 d.C.” In La civiltà cinese: dalle origini ai giorni nostri, volume 2, pp. 117-216. Ed. Mauritzio Scarpari. Turino: Einaudi, 2010. 

“Monies of Account and Monetary Transition in China, Twelfth to Fourteenth Centuries.” In Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53.3 (2010). 

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Culture and Power in Late Imperial China

2015 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Topics in History: China

2015 Winter Quarter

World History, circa 600 to 1760

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Seminar: Chinese History

2014 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Seminar: Chinese History

2014 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

World History, circa 600 to 1760

Topics in History: China

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2012 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2012 Winter Quarter

World History, circa 600 to 1760

Seminar: Chinese History

2011 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Topics in World History

2010 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

Capstone Seminar: History -- East Asia

2009 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

History of China: To 1000 (Honors)

Topics in History: China

2009 Summer Session

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- East Asia

2009 Winter Quarter

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

2008 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- East Asia

Seminar: Chinese History

2008 Winter Quarter

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

2007 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Seminar: Chinese History

2007 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Chinese History

2007 Winter Quarter

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

2006 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Topics in History: China

2006 Winter Quarter

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: East Asia

2005 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Seminar: Chinese History

2005 Summer Session

History of China: To 1000

2005 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: East Asia

Topics in World History

2005 Winter Quarter

History of China: To 1000

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

2004 Summer Session

History of China: To 1000

2004 Winter Quarter

World History, Circa 600 to 1760

Undergraduate Seminar: China

2003 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

Topics in World History

2003 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar: China

Topics in World History

2002 Fall Quarter

History of China: To 1000

World History to A.D. 600

2002 Winter Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

History of China to 1000

2001 Fall Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

World History to A.D. 600

2001 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

2001 Winter Quarter

Culture and Power in Late Imperial China

2000 Fall Quarter

History of China to 1000

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Summer Session

History of China to 1000

World History to A.D. 600

2000 Spring Quarter

Problems in World History, 800 to 1800

1999 Fall Quarter

History of China to 1000

World History to A.D. 600

1999 Summer Session

History of China to 1000

World History to A.D. 600

1999 Winter Quarter

History of China, 1000 to 1950

1998 Fall Quarter

History of China to 1000

1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 170A
Culture and Power in Late Imperial China

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 97G
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

HIST 201L
Topics in History: China

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 11A
History of China: To 1000

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Summer Session

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Summer Session

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

HIST 21
World History, circa 600 to 1760

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

HIST 282B
Seminar: Chinese History

2015 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 282A
Seminar: Chinese History

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

HIST 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST 214
Topics in World History

2011 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

HIST 191G
Capstone Seminar: History -- East Asia

2010 Winter Quarter

HIST 21
World History, Circa 600 to 1760

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

HIST 11AH
History of China: To 1000 (Honors)

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 191G
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- East Asia

2009 Summer Session

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 191G
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: East Asia

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 197G
Undergraduate Seminar: China

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

HIST 20
World History to A.D. 600

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Summer Session

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Summer Session

HIST 11A
History of China to 1000

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Summer Session

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Summer Session

1998 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 22B
Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2002 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 22A
Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2001 Fall Quarter

HIST 99
Introduction to Historical Practice

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 183A
Culture and Power in Late Imperial China

2001 Winter Quarter

HIST 197F
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Fall Quarter

HIST 214
Problems in World History, 800 to 1800

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 11B
History of China, 1000 to 1950

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 11A

1997 Fall Quarter