Pierre-Etienne Will History of Modern China (1991-2014)


Pierre-Étienne Will holds the chair of History of Modern China at the Collège de France from 1992 to 2014 and is Directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales since 1988.
He is specializing in the socio-economic and political history of late-imperial and early republican China.

He has published Bureaucracy and Famine in Eighteenth-Century China (Stanford, 1990; original French edition Paris, 1980; Korean and Chinese translations), Nourish the People: The State Civilian Granary System in China, 1650-1850 (Ann Arbor, 1991, with R. Bin Wong), several edited volumes, including China, Democracy, and Law: A Historical and Contemporary Approach (with Mireille Delmas-Marty; Leiden, 2012, original French edition Paris, 2007), and numerous articles on Chinese economy, society, politics, bureaucracy, law, water management, and more.
He is currently completing Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden, forthcoming).

He heads the Collège de France Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises, and is co-editor of the journal T'oung Pao.