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The Production and Circulation of Printed Books in the Occident and Orient, from the Accession of the Tang Dynasty (c.618) to the First Industrial Revolution

Thursday & Friday, 14 & 15 February 2013
Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

This conference aimed to open the conversation between economic historians and historians of the book and stimulate publications and research in a truly global history of knowledge formation from the Tang Dynasty to the Industrial Revolution. It provided a timely opportunity and forum for reviewing the debate on economic divergence between Occident and Orient after more than twelve years of debate. It also fed suggestions into the now rapidly growing field of global history.  As an interdisciplinary conference linked to more than three decades of widespread research on the history of the book, it should interest scholars in the fields of history, economics, law, sociology, religious and area studies, and education as well as scholars in libraries and museums concerned with the storage and preservation of knowledge in book form.

Professor Tim Barratt (SOAS), Professor Joerg Baten (Tübingen), Professor Laurence Brockliss (Oxford), Professor Peter Burke, (Cambridge), Professor Michela Bussotti (Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient), Dr Hilde De Weerdt (King’s College London), Professor Jean-Pierre Drège (EPHE), Professor Simon Eliot (SAS, University of London), Dr Aileen Fyfe (University of St Andrews), Professor Qi Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Professor Peter Kornicki (Cambridge), Professor Maarten Prak (Utrecht), Professor James Raven (Essex and Cambridge), Professor Joan-Pau Rubiés (ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Professor Dagmar Schaefer (Manchester), Professor Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen), Professor Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden), Professor Manel Ollé (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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Conference Convenors:
Professor O'Brien (LSE) P.O' 
Dr Ting Xu (LSE/QUB)

On the evening of Thursday 14 February 2013, there was a public panel discussion on ‘Knowledge Formation and Economic Divergence between China and the West’.