MRI Public Forum | Global Encounters between China and Europe: A Comparative Study between Macao and Marseille, 1680-1840



The Macau Ricci Institute is hosting the MRI Public Forum | Global Encounters between China and Europe: A Comparative Study between Macao and Marseille, 1680-1840 on June 2.


The Forum focuses on the interaction between China with the West and Spain from a global and comparative perspective. The results of the GECEM project (“Global Encounters between China and Europe”) are in line of the historiographical paradigms of the so-called “new global history”. Concepts such as “global history with Chinese characteristics” and China’s “New Silk Road” policy are analysed in detail. The analysis of China’s feeble state capacity during the Qing dynasty questions the so-called “High Qing” (shèng qīng 盛清) or era of economic prosperity, as China’s political and socio-economic system plunged into a stagnation that is explained by the “power paradox-theory”. The economic axes between Macao-Canton and Marseille-Seville compares the markets of the western Mediterranean and southern China. GECEM Project Database (www.gecemdatabase.eu) proves to be valid applying Big Data analysis to global (economic) history research arranging clusters of data on trade and the circulation of goods from mid-seventeenth to late eighteenth century until today in southern China, western Europe and Spanish America.


Prof. Dr. Manuel Perez-Garcia

Prof. Dr. Manuel Perez-Garcia is currently Tenured Associate Professor at the Department of History, School of Humanities, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). He was Distinguished Researcher at the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain). He was Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China from 2013 to 2017, and postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University (China) from 2011 to 2013. He obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). His European Research Council (ERC) sponsored research project on Global Encounters between China and Europe project (www.gecem.eu) focused on China-Europe market integration, consumption, and economic growth. He is the founder and director of the Global History Network in China (GHN), the first academic network in global history established in China www.globalhistorynetwork.com. He is the editor-in-chief of the Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History.

Recent Publications: Global History with Chinese Characteristics. Autocratic States along the Silk Road in the Decline of the Spanish and Qing Empires, 1680-1796 (Singapore: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021), Blood, Land and Power. The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Nobility and Lineages in the Early Modern Period (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2021), Global History and New Polycentric Approaches Europe, Asia and the Americas (Singapore: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018). He has designed the GECEM Project Database (www.gecemdatabase.eu) as a new digital solution applying Big Data Mining to global (economic) history with global trade data on Qing China.


Date: Friday, 2 June 2023
Time: 6.30 PM – 8.00 PM (GMT +8, Macau time)
Location: Library 2F-Conference Room, University of Saint Joseph Macao, Estrada Marginal da Ilha Verde, 14-17 


Deadline of registration: 30 May 2023 

*For online participants, we will send you a confirmation email and ZOOM ACCESS LINK after your registration.

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