Kenneth Pomeranz

Kenneth Pomeranz is Professor of History at University of California, Irvine. He has written The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853-1937 (winner of the American Historical Association’s Fairbank prize, 1994); The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of a Modern World Economy (which won the Fairbank prize and the World History Association annual book prize, 2001); and co-authored The World that Trade Created.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Continuities and Discontinuities in Global Development

Much literature normalises a ‘North Atlantic’ pattern of development, and sees a regionally specific ‘East Asian’ path emerging relatively recently. However, development patterns in core regions of Europe and East Asia were surprisingly similar until almost 1800; Europe’s subsequent divergence was shaped by exceptional resource bonanzas. East Asian growth has been less resourceintensive, and more continuous with pre-1800 patterns. Since 1978, ‘East Asian’ patterns again characterise coastal China, but China’s interior poses greater challenges; current interest in more resource-intensive, state-driven development strategies for those regions is thus unsurprising, but environmentally and socially risky.

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