The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Envoyer Imprimer

The XVIth World Economic History Congress

Panel Title:

Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World (1st c. BC - 6th c. AD)

Appel à contributions
Date limite : 31 mai 2011

 

 

The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

 

Call for Papers: Ancient History Session

According to the analyses of modern scholars, the Roman Empire developed one of the most successful pre-industrial economies. This said, in what ways and to what extent could the Roman economy perform better than previous (and indeed later) economies? Factors of economic development such as the favourable conditions offered by internal peace and the unification of the Mediterranean World in one empire have often been explored.
However, much less attention has been paid to understand what impact the Roman network of infrastructures had on economic growth. Doubtless, the establishment of a network of land, river and sea routes greatly fostered communication between the different areas of the Empire. Yet, what was its bearing on the development of the Roman economy?
In the wake of the main theme of the congress, "Exploring the Roots of Development", this panel aims to demonstrate how the infrastructure built by the Romans helped the economy and especially trade to develop. More significantly, this session will attempt to reconstruct the official policy conceived by Roman rulers and administrators in order to create and constantly improve this network.
By combining theoretical and case-study papers with a specific focus on the Eastern part of the Empire, this panel will explore the possibility that an integrated transport system existed in the Roman World and that its establishment and improvement represented major factors of economic development and growth.


We welcome papers that meet either of the following criteria:

a) Theoretical studies. These papers should investigate how public initiative (whether driven by imperial action or promoted by local administrators) aimed to develop a coherent and Empire-wide system of communication and transport which triggered economic growth.

b) Regional studies. Ideally, papers that qualify for this criterion will concentrate on a region within the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Such papers should aim to bring out the economic effects that the development of a network of infrastructures had on the region studied and show how the newly established links contributed to connecting this and other areas thus creating a global economy, albeit in an embryonic stage.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. or to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by 31 May 2011.

 

 

 

 

Inscription à la lettre d'informations



Recevoir du HTML ?

Identification