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Project No. 6

Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, 1600-1900: Local, Regional, National and International Dimensions: Cartography and GIS-based Analyses

Sheet of the Russian Ordinance map representing part of former Dongchuan prefecture.

Research team

Project leader

Dr. Hans-Joachim Rosner

Research fellows

Dipl.-Geogr. Stefan Dieball, Rüdiger Specht M.A.


Susanne Fischer

Project summary

In the research group "Monies, Markets and Finance in China an East Asia, 1600-1900: Local, Regional, National and International Dimensions" a massive amount of archival documents concerning mining and transport of monetary metals will be analysed. The setting up of a database containing data on mining areas, mainly in Yunnan and Sichuan (copper, zinc, tin) and Guizhou (zinc, copper) and on transport of metals to the capital and provincial mints throughout the Qing Empire was started in 2004. The quantity of data calls for cartographic and statistical analysis. The information on mining, refining, and transport of the metals yields sufficient data for electronic analyses by way of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to be used. This will help to analyse and visualise the transport process in general and to make component maps for individual provinces, transport routes, and river segments both in spatial and temporal terms. By this means our understanding of the integral transportation process and further analysis of the sources will be substantially enhanced.

Specifically, on the basis of digitised analogous maps GIS data for thematic maps will be set up, covering such themes as terrain models, hydrography, settlement, and administrative units. Detailed maps will be designed in scales of 1:500,000 to 1:5 M reflecting the situation at several temporal segments for:

  • the locations of mines and mints,
  • the course of transport routes,
  • the representation of transport volumes,
  • the calculation of transport costs from the mines to the mints,
  • the infrastructural settings,
  • monetary exchange rates and prices.

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