I am Professor of Chinese History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Honorary Fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (IISH). I was trained at the universities of Heidelberg (M.A.), Shanghai Foreign Languages University, Bochum (Ph.D.), and Tübingen (habilitation), and worked as a post-doc at the University of Utrecht and as a project coordinator at the IISH. My specialization is the socioeconomic history of China from the Song through to the early People’s Republic, especially labour history, Chinese local historiography, and technical history. Memberships in editorial and advisory boards of scholarly journals include the International Review of Social History, the Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient, Ming Qing yanjiu, and Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies.
- Die chinesische Regionalbeschreibung. Entwicklung und Funktion einer Quellengattung, dargestellt am Beispiel der Präfekturbeschreibungen von Hangzhou. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2001 (Veröffentlichungen des Ostasien-Instituts der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 47) State and Crafts in the Qing Dynasty. Amsterdam University Press 2018 (in print).
- Chinese Handicraft Regulations of the Qing Dynasty: Theory and Application. (Edited with Song Jianze and Hans Ulrich Vogel). Munich: Iudicium 2005.
- The Joy and Pain of Work: Global Attitudes and Valuations, 1500–1650 (edited with Karin Hofmeester). International Review of Social History 56 (2011), Special Issue 19.
- “Military employment in Qing dynasty China” (with Ulrich Theobald), in Erik-Jan Zürcher (ed.), Fighting For a Living. A Comparative Study of Military Labour 1500-2000. Amsterdam University Press 2013, 345-382.
- “Chinese Guilds from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries: An Overview”, in International Review of Social History 2008, vol. 54, Supplement 16: The Return of the Guilds, 209-242.
- “Wages, Prices, and Living Standards in China, 1738–1925: In Comparison with Europe, Japan and India” (with Robert C. Allen, Jean-Pascal Bassino, Debin Ma, Jan Luiten Van Zanden). The Economic History Review, Special Issue: Asia in the Great Divergence. Volume 64, Supplement s1, pp. 8–38, February 2011.
- The history of labour since the sixteenth century up until the present
- Guilds in Taiwan (jiao 郊)
- Cross-strait relations in the 1950s and 1960s, with a focus on the mutual propaganda efforts
- KMT party history.
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