Use of capital in sea-faring activities in the 16th-18th century China

Invité par l’Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (Paola Calanca), le Professeur Chen Kuo-tung 陳國棟 (Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taïwan) donnera une conférence dans le cadre du séminaire de François Gipouloux et Aleksandra Kobiljski, Aux origines de la mondialisation et de la divergence Europe-Asie.

Sa conférence s'intitule : “Use of capital in sea-faring activities in the 16th-18th century China".

Elle aura lieu Mercredi 2 mai 2018, de 11h à 13h à l'EHESS (salle 07-51), 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris.



Sea-faring activities are full of risks and uncertainty.  Building and operating a Chinese ship (junk) also cost a lot of money.  In order to raise large amount of capital or to reduce their own risk, several methods were adopted by the people working in the line of sea-faring business.  I mean to talk about the cost of ship-building, investment of cargoes, partnership for overseas adventure, and bottomry (a special maritime insurance design), etc. of the 16-18th century.

Aires culturelles Histoire économique et sociale Chine

Informations pratiques

  • Wednesday 2 May 2018 - 11:00 to 13:00
  • EHESS (Salle 07-51) - 54, bd Raspail 75006 Paris