ENGINE SCIENCE IN THE JACK GOLDSTONE CHAPTER IN “THE QING FORMATION IN WORLD-HISTORICAL TIME” BOOK EDITED BY LYNN STRUVE

July 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Posted in Asia, Books, China, Economics, Financial, History, Research, World-system | Leave a comment

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The Qing Formation in World-Historical Time

Edited by LYNN A. STRUVE

Harvard University Press 2004

Cambridge, Mass.: 405 pp.

Qing dynasty (1636–1911)

This volume grew out of a conference on “The Qing Formation in World and Chinese Time,” held at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1999. “Qing formation” refers to the formative period of the Qing dynasty (1636–1911) broadly construed. The concern with “world-historical time” reflects ongoing debate among historians of China over how one reconciles events and periodization within China in relation to broader global processes, and specifically over the applicability of the term “early modern” to China.

For historians of late imperial China, periodization reflects China‘s place in the world and engages a whole array of debates that grew out of the historiography and events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These include assumptions about China‘s fitness to enter the modern world, European superiority, China‘s isolation and ability to undergo internal change, and so forth. Scholars who find that China, as well as Europe, can be aptly described as early modern argue implicitly that Europe was not somehow uniquely qualified (racially or culturally) to dominate world markets and politics. Nor was China willfully isolated during this period or innately incapable of developing and employing technologies that Europe enjoyed. Other scholars feel that using a term developed in the context of European history continues to subjugate the study of China to a model of “normalcy” and a trajectory to modernity that is not appropriate. The essays in this volume each explore questions of China‘s “early modernity” in different ways and represent a range of views on the use of the term.

Jack Goldstone’s contribution to this volume, “Neither Late Imperial nor Early Modern: Efflorescences and the Qing Formation in World History” is chapter 6.

Goldstone hones in on “engine science” as the secret essence that allowed the Western historical spurt forward but globalization means this industrial-historical “trump card” loses its uniqueness.

“Neither Late Imperial nor Early Modern: Efflorescences and the Qing in World History,”chapter by Goldstone in The Qing Formation in WorldHistorical Time, Lynn Struve, ed.

Harvard University Press, 2004

Jack A. Goldstone

Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor

Director, Center for Global Policy George Mason University

Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy and an Eminent Scholar.

Email: jgoldsto@gmu.edu
Web: http://mason.gmu.edu/~jgoldsto/

Main: 703-993-1409
Fax: 703-993-8215

3401 Fairfax Drive – MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

The Qing Formation in World-Historical Time

Edited by LYNN A. STRUVE

Harvard University Press 2004

Cambridge, Mass.: 405 pp.

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BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS “BIS REVIEW NO. 95”: GLOBAL ISLAMIC FINANCIAL MARKET

July 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Economics, Eurozone, Financial, Globalization, History, Islam, Research | Leave a comment

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BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 95 available

Press, Service (press@bis.org)

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

Fri 7/16/10

Please find BIS Review No 95 attached as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file. Alternatively, you can access this BIS Review on the Bank for International Settlements’ website by clicking on http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm.

What’s included?

BIS Review No 95 (16 July 2010)

Jean-Claude Trichet: Lessons to be learned from the European sovereign debt crisis – interview with Libération

Zeti Akhtar Aziz: The global Islamic financial market today – challenges and way forward

DeLisle Worrell: Challenges to increase IT efficiency

Njuguna Ndung’u: The role of financial education in financial sector development

Caleb M Fundanga: Advanced payment system oversight and management

Elizabeth A Duke: Small business credit – next steps

Andrew Haldane: The contribution of the financial sector – miracle or mirage?

e-mail press@bis.org

BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 95 available

http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm

Press, Service (press@bis.org)

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

Fri 7/16/10

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“THE TEMPTATION OF THE WEST”: ANDRE MALRAUX BOOK FROM 1926 ON CHINA AND THE WEST

July 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Posted in Art, Asia, Books, China, France, Globalization, History, Literary, Philosophy | Leave a comment

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The Temptation of the West

Andre Malraux (Author)

Robert Hollander (Translator)

French writer and politician André Malraux (1901-1976) was generally regarded as one of the most distinguished novelists of the 20th century.

Malraux’s analysis of Eastern and Western cultures:

After his second return from Indochina in 1926 he published his first major book, La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West).

Malraux first important book, this book, LA TENTATION DE L’OCCIDENT (1926), explored the parallels between Eastern and Western culture. The work was set on the early stages of the Chinese revolution and focused on the exchange of letters between a young European and a young Asian intellectual.

Malraux lamented the potential influences of Western culture, using China as an example, with The Temptation of the West (1926). In this work, the character of Ling says that many Chinese thought they could retain their cultural identities after being exposed to European influence and technology. Instead, that influence results in the “disintegrating soul” of China, a country newly “seduced” by music and movies.

Malraux’s first novel, Les Conquérants (The Conquerors), was published in 1928. Set in Canton in 1925, it deals with the attempts of Chinese Nationalists and their Communist advisers to destroy imperialist influence and economic domination. The hero of the book provides a vigorously drawn portrait of the professional revolutionary.

LES CONQUÉRANTS (1928) dealt with a revolutionary strike and its European organizers in Canton.

Malraux continued on revolutionary themes in La Condition humaine and L’ESPOIR (1937).

These were followed by an adventure story, LA VOIE ROYALE (1930), set in the Indochinese jungle. The book was largely a dialogue on death; it was one Malraux’s main themes. “The mystery of life appears to each one of us as it appears to almost every woman when she looks into a child’s face and to almost every man when he looks into the face of someone dead”, Malraux once said.

In 1933 appeared Malraux’s most celebrated novel, La Condition humaine (Man’s Estate, Man’s Fate). Set in Shanghai, the novel describes the 1927 Communist uprising there, its initial success and ultimate failure. The novel continues to illustrate Malraux’s favorite theme: that all men will attempt to escape, or to transcend, the human condition and that revolutionary action is one way of accomplishing this. In the end there is failure, but man attains dignity in making the attempt and by his very failure achieves tragic greatness.

Following the Soviet Union’s signing of a nonaggression pact with Germany, Malraux broke with the Communist cause. He was captured twice while fighting with the French army and underground resistance movement, but he escaped and would become a military leader. In 1943 he published his last novel, Les Noyers de l’Altenburg (The Walnut Trees of Altenburg).

The feel of this book is very different from that of Malraux’s earlier novels. The narrator, captured by the Germans in 1940, reflects on his father’s experiences before and during World War I – as an agent in central Asia, at a meeting of intellectuals in Germany, and while fighting on the Russian front. Malraux explores the fundamental problem of whether men are essentially the same in different epochs and different civilizations.

This last novel, Les Noyers de l’Altenburg (1943), poses the possibility of art as a force against destiny, a theme implicit in some of his early work.

In Les Voix du silence (The Voices of Silence, 1951), Malraux develops the idea that in the modern world, where religion is of little importance, art has taken its place as man’s triumphant response to his ultimate destiny and his means of transcending death.

Product Details:

· Paperback: 154 pages

· Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

· February 1 1992

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 0226502910

· ISBN-13: 978-0226502915

The Temptation of the West

Andre Malraux (Author)

Robert Hollander (Translator)

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“THE DISCONTINUOUS INTEGRATION OF WESTERN EUROPE’S HETEROGENEOUS MARKET FOR CORPORATE CONTROL FROM 1995 to 2007”: BUNDESBANK

July 19, 2010 at 7:01 am | Posted in Economics, Eurozone, Financial, Germany, History, Research | Leave a comment

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Bundesbank Discussion Paper

Newsletter Forschungszentrum Bundesbank

Mon 7/19/10

The Bundesbank Research Centre has released a new Discussion Paper (No 14/2010 Series 1).

Author/s:
Rainer Frey

Title:
The discontinuous integration of Western Europe’s heterogeneous market for corporate control from 1995 to 2007

Abstract:
As, in Europe, many institutional reforms have been undertaken to establish an economic union, it can be expected that the relevance of borders has decreased over time. For the EU 15, we investigate the expected integration process of the market for corporate control – an illustrative market for studying integration issues – over the period from 1995 to 2007. Our gravity regressions show that borders lost relevance from 1995 up to the bursting of the new economy bubble. During this period, the transition from the European Economic Community to the European Union at the end of 1993 and the introduction of the euro may have led to accelerated integration. However, thereafter we find no evidence for further progress driven by institutional factors. On the other hand, geographical distance became less relevant for M&As for the entire time span from 1995 to 2007. The continued lack of full integration is also evidenced by heterogeneity inside Europe. This becomes apparent in differing and continuing bilateral border effects. Country pairs with supposedly liberal capital market thinking, such as the Netherlands, Germany and the UK are found to be divided by relatively small barriers. Hence, a still existing lack of integration in Europe may not be a result of missing institutional reforms. In the Poisson estimations, the results depend neither on the choice of the number of observations nor on the log of aggregated transaction value as the dependent variable; however, the use of the levels is inappropriate.

http://vo5555.newsletter.bundesbank.de/servlet/rd?l=Diskussionspapiere-JOKA-PJN1-M7DJ-ONL3-NWSL138

Bundesbank Discussion Paper

Title:

The discontinuous integration of Western Europe’s heterogeneous market for corporate control from 1995 to 2007

Newsletter Forschungszentrum Bundesbank

Mon 7/19/10

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