Industrialisation has traditionally been the key to modern economic growth. Recent work by economic historians has greatly extended our statistical knowledge regarding the history of industrial growth in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Latin America. These industrialisation experiences were in many cases surprisingly early, especially in peripheral Europe, Latin America and Asia. This project proposes to deepen our understanding of this phenomenon, by bringing together regional specialists to discuss papers documenting and explaining the industrialisation of particular countries (e.g. China) and regions (e.g. the Latin American Southern Cone).
There will be 13 such papers, typically written by two or more co-authors. Collectively they will allow us to understand individual country and regional experiences within a global framework, and to see how global shocks and trends such as world wars, the Depression, imperialism and decolonisation influenced various regions of the world.
The workshop will be held in All Souls College, Oxford, during October 2-4, 2014.
The project will build on a successful panel at a recent World Economic History conference held in Stellenbosch in 2012.