Kenneth Pomeranz

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American historian

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Kenneth Pomeranz was born in 1958. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D from Yale University. His research interests have been the interrelationships of socioeconomic, political, and ecological changes and how those shifts impacted the lives of common people in Chinese society, as well as impacts of industrialization on Europe and how that industrialization spread throughout the world.

He is best known for his work, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, which is a reflection of his larger body of work, tying together his interest in industrialization, economic expansion, and the resultant social and cultural shifts. He has been awarded the World History Association Book Prize and the John K. Fairbank Prize for best book in East Asian history. In 2017, he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, which is Britain’s national academy for the humanities. He served as president of the American Historical Association in 2013-2014 and is now professor of history at the University of Chicago.

Pomeranz is currently working on a book about China from the 17th century to the present, focusing on how it came to include such a massive land mass and population relative to other countries in the world.

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According to Wikipedia, Kenneth Pomeranz, FBA is University Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1980, where he was a Telluride Scholar, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1988, where he was a student of Jonathan Spence. He then taught at the University of California, Irvine, for more than 20 years. He was elected a Fellow of the in 2006. In 2013–2014 he was the president of the American Historical Association.

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