Richard von Glahn

von Glahn

Professor, History

Department: Department of History CA
Phone: 310-825-3087
Fax: 310-206-9630

Keywords: China, Asia, Economic History


Ph.D., Yale University, 1983; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1977; B.A., Connecticut College, 1975



Social, economic, and cultural history of China, 10th-18th centuries; popular religion, urban history, popular social movements; comparative economic history; global economic integration, 1000-1800.




The Country of Streams and Grottoes: Expansion, Settlement, and the Civilizing of the Sichuan Frontier in Song Times (Harvard, 1987).

Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700 (University of California Press, 1996)

(co-edited with Paul J. Smith) The Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History (forthcoming, University of California Press, 2001)

(co-edited with Dennis O. Flynn & Arturo Giraldez) Monetary History in Global Perspective, 1500-1800 (forthcoming, Variorum Press, 2001)

The Sinister Path: The Demonic and the Divine in Chinese Religious Culture (in  progress)

Recent Articles:

“Imagining Pre-modern China” and “Towns and Temples: Urban Growth and Decline in the Yangzi Delta, 1200-1500,” both in The Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History

“Myth and Reality of China’s Seventeenth Century Monetary Crisis,” Journal of Economic History 56.2 (1996)

“Municipal Reform and Urban Social Conflict in Late Ming China,” Journal of Asian Studies 50.2 (1991)