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Meng ZHANG



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Meng ZHANG (張萌) is a Ph.D. candidate (degree expected in June 2017) in the History Department at UCLA.

My dissertation, titled “Timber Trade along the Yangzi River: Market, Environment, and Frontier, 1750-1930,” provides the first reconstruction of the overall structure of the south China timber trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with hand-collected data and situates the story of timber in a broader perspective. Timber and its cultivation, trade, and taxation provide the focal points for addressing a number of central debates regarding state building, political economy, and business paradigms in Chinese history. 

In addition to published source materials, my study employs contracts, palace memorials, legal cases, guild records, and genealogies collected from several Chinese archives. I examine the evolution of the relationship between the state and merchant groups, the economic and environmental impacts of core-periphery integration, the property rights regime that enabled market-oriented reforestation, and the enforcement mechanisms that sustained the expansion of long-distance trade networks.

For more information and the most updated news about me, please see my personal website: 

https://sites.google.com/site/mengzhang1654/

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Fields of Study

social and economic history in early modern and modern China; 

trade networks and commercial organizations; 

frontier economy, ethnicity, and environment.

Research

My dissertation, titled “Timber Trade along the Yangzi River: Market, Environment, and Frontier, 1750-1930,” provides the first reconstruction of the overall structure of the south China timber trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with hand-collected data and situates the story of timber in a broader perspective. Timber and its cultivation, trade, and taxation provide the focal points for addressing a number of central debates regarding state building, political economy, and business paradigms in Chinese history.

Publications

“Timber Trade Organizations in Shanghai: Institutions, Enforcement, and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930.” The International Journal of Asian Studies. (Forthcoming)

Grants and Awards

2015                   The XVII World Economic History Congress Travel Grant

2014-2015          All-UC Economic History Group Graduate Student Fellowship

2014-2015          UCLA Center for Economic History Travel Grant

2014                   UCLA Center for Economic History Fellowship

2012 and 2013    Sasakawa Summer Japanese Language Fellowship

2012 and 2013    Chancellor’s Prize Summer Mentorship

2011-2016          UCLA Five-Year Chancellor’s Prize Fellowship

Conference Presentations

2016

“Market, State, and Ethnicity: Timber Trade in the Miao Frontier.”

Panel (organizer): Chinese and Others: Institutions and Negotiations at Multiple Frontiers, 1600-1800.

Conference: the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual Conference, California State University, Northridge, CA, June 10-12.

2016

“Forest Resources and Mountain Land Property in Qing Guizhou.”

Panel: Wood land and Wood Resources in Ming and Qing China.

Conference: Association for Asian Studies 2016 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. March 31- April 3, 2016.

 

2015

“Frontier, Ethnicity, and Market Integration: the Mountain Land Economy and Timber Market in Qing Guizhou.”

Panel: The Politics and Commerce of the Southwest Border in Late Imperial China. Conference: Western Conference (WCAAS) 2015 Annual Meeting, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. October 9-10, 2015.

 

2015

“Structure of the Timber Trade along the Yangzi River: Merchants Groups, Intermediaries, and Commercial Organizations, 1700-1900.”

Panel (organizer): Changes and Continuities in a Bustling Time: Chinese Long-distance Merchants and Their Business World, 1700-1900.

Conference: the XVIIth World Economic History Conference, Kyoto, Japan. August 3-7, 2015.

 

2015

Timber Merchant Organizations in Shanghai: Enforcement of Payment and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930.”

Panel: Institutions of Exclusion? Guilds, Citizenship and Inequality in Early Modern Europe and Asia.

Conference: the XVIIth World Economic History Conference, Kyoto, Japan. August 3-7, 2015.

 

2015

“Theories and Frontiers in the Studies of World Historical Long-distance Trade and a perspective from China.

The New Economic Reading Meeting, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. July 20, 2015 (invited).

 

2015

“The Mountain Land Economy in Southeastern Guizhou: Co-ownership, Securitization, and Risk-sharing, 1750-1900.”

The Third Annual International Symposium on Quantitative History, Peking University, Beijing, China. July 16-17, 2015.

 

2014

垄断定价与政府间财政关系——以舒州酒务为例 [Monopolistic Pricing and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Evidence from a State-owned Wine Enterprise in Twelfth-century China].”

明清契约文书 [Ming-Qing Contracts and Documents Workshop], Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China. June 30-July 10, 2014.

 

2014

“Huizhou Merchants: Trade Networks, Lineages, and Commercial Institutions, 1750-1911.”

The conference of “Rewiring the Past: Historical Big Data” in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China. June 9-10, 2014.

 

2014

Monopolistic Pricing and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Evidence from a State-owned Wine Enterprise in Twelfth-century China.

Early Modern Economic History Group Meeting, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. February 28, 2014 (invited).

The 22nd Annual Columbia Graduate Conference on East Asia, New York, NY. February 16, 2013.

 

2012

“Monetary Strategies of the Song State: A Case Study of the Shaanxi Iron Coin Monetary Zone, 1040-1090.”

The 5th Annual China Undisciplined Graduate Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. May 18-19, 2012.

“Market, State, and Ethnicity: Timber Trade in the Miao Frontier.” To be presented on the panel Chinese and Others: Institutions and Negotiations at Multiple Frontiers, 1600-1800 at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual Conference, California State University, Northridge, CA, June 10-12.

“Market, State, and Ethnicity: Timber Trade in the Miao Frontier.” To be presented on the panel Chinese and Others: Institutions and Negotiations at Multiple Frontiers, 1600-1800 at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual Conference, California State University, Northridge, CA, June 10-12.

Advisors

Committee Members:

Prof. R. Bin Wong (Chair)
Director, UCLA Asia Institute
Distinguished Professor of History
UCLA Department of History
(310) 825-0007
rbwong@international.ucla.edu

Prof. Richard von Glahn
Professor of History
UCLA Department of History
(310) 825-3087
vonglahn@history.ucla.edu

Prof. Jessica Goldberg
Associate Professor
UCLA Department of History
(310) 206-6860
goldberg@history.ucla.edu

Prof. Dora Costa
Professor of Economics
UCLA Department of Economics
(310) 825-4249
costa@econ.ucla.edu

Outside Reference:

Prof. Jean-Laurent Rosenthal
Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics
Chair of the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
California Institute of Technology
(626) 395-405
jlr@hss.caltech.edu

Degrees

C.Phil. in History, UCLA, 2014.

M.A. in History, UCLA, 2013.

B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Statistics, Peking University, 2010.