Presented in the UMU, an EU-funded project on integrating Global Economic Information from a historical perspective

The purpose of the project is to present the technologies used to create data repositories, and through the development of a new multirelational database, to propose new integration models and standardization of data from historical archives.

Manuel Pérez García (, tenured professor of Global Economic History at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and director of the GECEM project ( funded by the European Research Council-Starting Grant (European Commission, Horizon 2020 -ERC-), has been invited by the PhD Program of Economics DECIDE of the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Vice-rector for Internationalization of the University of Murcia to give the conference "GECEM Project Database: State Capacity, Overseas Trade and Consumption in Qing China and Imperial Spain (1680-1796) ".

The Conference is part of the "I Conference on revitalization of relations UMU-People's Republic of China" that are held at the University of Murcia on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, with the aim of promoting the relationships of our teachers and researchers with the Asian country.

The main lines of research of the GECEM (Global Encounters between China and Europe) project and a state of the art related to the implementation of databases applied to the field of Global (Economic) History have been presented at the conference.

The purpose is to present a better understanding of the application of new technologies to create repositories of data, and through the development of a new multirelational database, to propose new models of integration and normalization of data from historical archives.

The foundations of the GECEM project database are shown in order to clarify the research problems that are addressed by crossing Chinese and European sources to analyze them through the analysis of social networks (SNA) and geographical information system ( CHALK).

Thirdly, examples derived from the database are presented: consumption data for Marseilles and Seville for the period from 1680 to 1840, and fiscal and commercial information of the Philippines, which is fundamental to study the contraband activities that are articulated in the Chinese coastal areas (Macao, Canton and Fujian) undertaken by sangleyes (merchants of Chinese origin in the Philippines).

The presentation aims at a micro-level rereading of the debate on the "great divergence", which tries to explain why European powers such as England or the Netherlands emerged in the first industrial revolution and China fell back.

Manuel Pérez García was a student of History at the University of Murcia.

He made several stays abroad, in European and American universities, and ended up hired five years ago by the Chinese university Renmin Univesity of China (Beijing).

Last year he was hired by the Shanghai Jiao Ton University as Full Professor.

Manuel is the only Spanish in Humanities who has won a Starting Grant from the ERC – Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union, being the main researcher of the GECEM project (Global Encounters between China and Europe),

This allows him to have 1 and a half million euros and hire research staff to develop four doctoral theses under his charge.

In addition, he directs the Global History Network in China (GHN,

Source: UMU


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