Middlemen and Networks:

Economic, Social, and Cultural foundations of the Global Economy

A Joint Conference of the All-UC Economic History Group and the UC World History Workship in honor of the career and contributions of Professor David Ringrose.


Friday Afternoon, November 3, 2006 (Seuss Room, Geisel Library)

2:00 – 3:30 PM


1. Medieval and Early Modern European Markets and Merchants


Chair: John Marino (UCSD)


Lars Boerner (Berlin and Stanford) and Dan Quint (Stanford), "Medieval Matching Markets"


Robert Dees, (UCLA), "The Negative Example: Why Germany did not take off in the Sixteenth Century"


Ricardo Court (Wisconsin-Madison), "Januensis Ergo Mercator: Trust and Enforcement

in the Business Correspondence of the Brignole Family"


Sjahari Pullom (UCSD), "Imperial Education: Western Colleges and Native Intermediaries in Colonial Mexico and the British Raj"


Comments:      Randolph Head (UCR)

Mary Halavais (Sonoma State)


3:30 – 3:45 PM BREAK


3:45 – 5:15 PM


2. Early Modern Europeans Outside of Europe


Chair: David Christian (SDSU)


David Ringrose (UCSD), "Europeans Abroad, 1400-1700"


Ray A. Kea (UCR), "Commerce and Exchange: Captaincies and Trading Companies on the Seventeenth-Century Gold Coast"


Jeremy Prestholdt (UCSD), "Similitude and Empire: The Symbolic Economy of Affinity in the Western Indian Ocean"


Comments:         Danny Vickers (UBC, Vancouver)

                     Ghislaine Lydon (UCLA)


6:00 -7:00 PM Reception, UCSD Faculty Club Lounge (no-host bar)


7:00 PM Dinner, UCSD Faculty Club Lounge

Saturday Morning, November 4, 2006 (Seuss Room, Geisel Library)

9:00 – 10:30 AM


3. The Americas and the Hispanic World:


Chair: Eric Van Young (UCSD)


Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), "Colonial Independence and Economic Backwardness in Latin America"


Marina Alfonso-Mola (Universidad Nacional de Educaci—n a Distancia, Madrid), "US Ships in the Spanish Colonial Fleet, 1778-1828"


Comments:         Eric Van Young (UCSD)

                           Martha L. Olney (UCB)


10:30 – 10:45 AM BREAK


10:45 AM12:15 PM


4.  Ethnicity and Exchange


Chair: Heidi Keller-Lapp (UCSD)


Tamar Herzog (Stanford), "Networks and Ethnicity: A Tale About How the Indians became White"


 J. B. Owens (Idaho State), "Segmented Political Hierarchies and Self-Organizing Commercial Networks: The World of the Merchant-Smuggler in the Global Hispanic Monarchy"


Carlos Mart’nez-Shaw (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid), "Manila: an international trade port at the end of the 18th Century"


Comments:         Christine Hünefeldt (UCSD)

                     Jan de Vries (UCB)


12:15 – 2:00 PM  Box Lunch
Saturday Afternoon, November 4, 2006 (Seuss Room, Geisel Library)

2:00 – 3:30 PM


5.  Comparative Networks


Chair: Ruth Mostern (UC Merced)


Ian Chambers (UCR), "An Englishman on the Colonial Chessboard of the Eighteenth-Century American Southeast"


Saumitra Jha (Harvard), "Trade, institutions, and religious conflict in India"


Christopher Chase-Dunn, Alexis Alvarez, Richard Niemeyer, Hiroko Inoue, Kirk Lawrence, Anders Carlson, and Benjamin Fiero (Institute for Research on World-Systems, UCR), "The Centrality of Central Asian Cities and Empires in East/West Growth/Decline Phases and Upward Sweeps"


Seonmin Kim (UNC, Greensboro), "Ginseng, Silver, and Borders in East Asia"


Comments:         Robert Marks (Whittier)

                     Dennis Flynn (U of Pacific)


3:30 -3:45 PM BREAK


3:45 – 5:15 PM


6. Japan in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century


Chair: Joseph Esherick (UCSD)


Ann Marie L. Davis (UCLA), "Middlemen and Middlewomen: Sex Trafficking in Japanese Treaty Ports and the Pacific Rim in the Late Nineteenth Century"


John Tang (UCB), "The Role of Financial Conglomerates on Industry Formation: Evidence from Early Modern Japan"


William D. Wray (UBC, Vancouver), "Port-based Research and Globalization in the World War One Era: The Case of the NYK's Otani Noboru"



Comments:         R.Bin Wong (UCLA)

                           Ken Pomeranz (UCI)


7:30 PM Dinner, Radisson La Jolla

Sunday Morning, November 5, 2006 (Seuss Room, Geisel Library)


9:00 -10:30 AM


7. Spain and the Americas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century


Chair: Pamela Radcliff (UCSD)


Jesus Cruz (Delaware), "Patterns of Bourgeois Conduct in Nineteenth-Century Spain and Latin America: The Role of Emulation"


Thomas Passananti (SDSU), "'Nada de Papeluchos': Managing Globalization in Early Porfirian México"


Robert Weis (UCD), "Bakers and Basques: Immigration, Monopolies, and Provisioning in Mexico City, 1875–1910"


Comments:         Theresa Smith (Oakwood School)

                           Ana Varela Lago (UCSD)



10:30 – 10:45 AM BREAK


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM


8. Early twentieth century global networks and international trade

Chair: Roger Ransom (UCR)

Drew Keeling (Zurich), "Transport Intermediaries, Kinship Networks, and the Effects of the North Atlantic Fare War of 1904-1905 upon Migration between Europe and the United States"

Jill Jensen (UCSB), "The Shape of Things to Come: 'Wilsonian Laborism,' Work, War and International Trade, 1914-1920"


Comments:         Gavin Wright (Stanford)

                           Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (SDSU)


Close: 12:15 PM


Generous support has been provided by the All-UC Economic History Group, All UC-World History Group, and at UCSD by the Dean of Arts and Humanities, CILAS (Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies), IICAS (Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies), Department of History, and Mandeville Special Collections.