This book offers a comprehensive study of regional industrialization in Europe and Asia from the early nineteenth century to the present. Using case studies on regional industrialization, the book provides insights into similarities and differences in industrialization processes between European, Eurasian and Asian countries. Important factors include the transition from traditional to modern industrial production, industrial policy, agglomeration forces, market integration, and the determinants of industrial location over time. The book is an invaluable reference that attempts to bridge the fields of economic history, political history, economic geography, and economics while contributing to the debates on economic divergence between Europe and Asia as well as on the role of economic integration and globalization.
Introduction. 1. Global patterns of regional industrialization, Bas van Leeuwen, Robin C. M. Philips and Erik Buyst 2. Economic geography and economic history: a literature overview, Julio Martinez-Galarraga and Daniel A. Tirado-Fabregat Part One. Regional industrialization in Europe 3. Regional industrialization in Belgium and the Netherlands, Robin C. M. Philips and Erik Buyst 4. Regional industrialization in Yugoslavia, Stefan Nikolić and Leonard Kukić 5. Regional industrialization in Italy, Anna Missiaia Part Two. Regional industrialization in Asia 6. Regional industrialization in China: the basic metals sector, Zipeng Zhang, Bas van Leeuwen, and Jieli Li 7. Regional industrialization in China: the Yangtze and Zhujiang regions, Yi Xu, Bas van Leeuwen, and Zicheng Zhuang 8. Regional industrialization in Japan, Jean-Pascal Bassino, Kyoji Fukao, and Tokihiko Settsu Part Three. Theories on regional industrialization 9. Regional industrialization: determinants of industrial location, Glenn Rayp and Stijn Ronsse 10. Regional industrialization: evidence on industry agglomeration, Bas van Leeuwen, Péter Földvári, Robin C. M. Philips and Meimei Wang 11. Regional industrialization: role of industrial policy, Patrizio Bianchi and Sandrine Labory