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The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party

Date

From: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 5:30 pm

To: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 7:30 pm

2023 Griffin Economic History Public Lecture presented by Professor James Kai-sing Kung

Join the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics for the 2023 Griffin Economic History Public Lecture presented by Professor James Kai-sing Kung, inaugural Griffin Chair in Economic History at the Faculty of Business and Economics.

The lecture will be delivered in-person. Join us for pre-lecture drinks from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The lecture will commence at 6.30pm


The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party

Professor Kung will examine the historical rise of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from a small reading group that aimed to spread Marxism among students and industrial workers to the world’s second largest political party that increasingly challenges the established hegemonic order. Using a spatial regression discontinuity design and several measures – middle-to-high-ranking cadres, martyr soldiers, and guerrilla bases – as proxies for the rise of the CCP during the Sino-Japanese War, we find that it grew significantly more in counties occupied by the Japanese Army. We identify three channels behind the CCP’s political ascendancy. First, the Communists took advantage of the militarily weaker “puppet troops”. Second, they built more grassroots party organizations inside the occupied areas to mobilize support and gain loyalty. Last, support for the CCP was powered by a strong nationalist sentiment spurred by war suffering of various kinds, including struggle for survival and humiliation and hatred.

About the speaker

Professor James Kai-sing Kung is the inaugural Griffin Chair in Economic History at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne. Previously, he served as the Sein and Isaac Suede Professor of Economic History at the University of Hong Kong, and the Yan Ai Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Professor Kung’s research interests are strongly based in the economic history, institutions, culture, and development of China. He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters in, for example, The Cambridge Economic History of China, The Economic JournalJournal of the European Economic Association, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and journals devoted to the specialized fields of economic history, development and comparative economics.

In 2021, Professor Kung was elected President of the Association of Comparative Economics. Currently he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History and Regional Science and Urban Economics. During his academic career in Hong Kong Kung supervised 15 PhD students and placed them in universities in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, and North America.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2023

Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm (pre-lecture drinks available from 5.30pm)

Venue: Prest Theatre (G06), FBE Building (105), The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3052

Cost: Free. Register for your ticket here

The University of Melbourne gratefully acknowledges support for the Griffin Economic History Public Lecture from the Peter Griffin and Terry Swann Foundation.

Venue

Prest Theatre (G06), FBE Building (105), University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3052


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