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The Economic History of China

The Economic History of China Author Richard von Glahn
ISBN-10 9781316538852
Release 2016-03-07
Pages 461
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China's extraordinary rise as an economic powerhouse in the past two decades poses a challenge to many long-held assumptions about the relationship between political institutions and economic development. Economic prosperity also was vitally important to the longevity of the Chinese Empire throughout the preindustrial era. Before the eighteenth century, China's economy shared some of the features, such as highly productive agriculture and sophisticated markets, found in the most advanced regions of Europe. But in many respects, from the central importance of irrigated rice farming to family structure, property rights, the status of merchants, the monetary system, and the imperial state's fiscal and economic policies, China's preindustrial economy diverged from the Western path of development. In this comprehensive but accessible study, Richard von Glahn examines the institutional foundations, continuities and discontinuities in China's economic development over three millennia, from the Bronze Age to the early twentieth century.



An Economic History of China

An Economic History of China Author Richard von Glahn
ISBN-10 9781107030565
Release 2016-03-10
Pages 500
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The first comprehensive study of China's economic development across 3,000 years of history to be published in English.



The Economic History of China

The Economic History of China Author Richard von Glahn
ISBN-10 1107615704
Release 2016-03-10
Pages 320
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China's extraordinary rise as an economic powerhouse in the past two decades poses a challenge to many long-held assumptions about the relationship between political institutions and economic development. Economic prosperity also was vitally important to the longevity of the Chinese Empire throughout the preindustrial era. Before the eighteenth century, China's economy shared some of the features, such as highly productive agriculture and sophisticated markets, found in the most advanced regions of Europe. But in many respects, from the central importance of irrigated rice farming to family structure, property rights, the status of merchants, the monetary system, and the imperial state's fiscal and economic policies, China's preindustrial economy diverged from the Western path of development. In this comprehensive but accessible study, Richard von Glahn examines the institutional foundations, continuities and discontinuities in China's economic development over three millennia, from the Bronze Age to the early twentieth century.



Fountain of Fortune

Fountain of Fortune Author Richard von Glahn
ISBN-10 0520917456
Release 1996-12-27
Pages 408
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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity’s diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon but rather as an embodiment of greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In The Sinister Way, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion—as opposed to institutional religions such as Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn’s study, spanning three millennia, gives due recognition to the morally ambivalent and demonic aspects of divine power within the common Chinese religious culture. Surveying Chinese religion from 1000 BCE to the beginning of the twentieth century, The Sinister Way views the Wutong cult as by no means an aberration. In Von Glahn’s work we see how, from earliest times, the Chinese imagined an enchanted world populated by fiendish fairies and goblins, ancient stones and trees that spring suddenly to life, ghosts of the unshriven dead, and the blood-eating spirits of the mountains and forests. From earliest times, too, we find in Chinese religious culture an abiding tension between two fundamental orientations: on one hand, belief in the power of sacrifice and exorcism to win blessings and avert calamity through direct appeal to a multitude of gods; on the other, faith in an all-encompassing moral equilibrium inhering in the cosmos.



The Laws and Economics of Confucianism

The Laws and Economics of Confucianism Author Taisu Zhang
ISBN-10 9781108509473
Release 2017-10-12
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Tying together cultural history, legal history, and institutional economics, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England offers a novel argument as to why Chinese and English pre-industrial economic development went down different paths. The dominance of Neo-Confucian social hierarchies in Late Imperial and Republican China, under which advanced age and generational seniority were the primary determinants of sociopolitical status, allowed many poor but senior individuals to possess status and political authority highly disproportionate to their wealth. In comparison, landed wealth was a fairly strict prerequisite for high status and authority in the far more 'individualist' society of early modern England, essentially excluding low-income individuals from secular positions of prestige and leadership. Zhang argues that this social difference had major consequences for property institutions and agricultural production.



State Sponsored Inequality

State Sponsored Inequality Author Shuang Chen
ISBN-10 9781503601635
Release 2017-04-11
Pages 368
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This book explores the social economic processes of inequality in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century rural China. Drawing on uniquely rich source materials, Shuang Chen provides a comprehensive view of the creation of a social hierarchy wherein the state classified immigrants to the Chinese county of Shuangcheng into distinct categories, each associated with different land entitlements. The resulting patterns of wealth stratification and social hierarchy were then simultaneously challenged and reinforced by local people. The tensions built into the unequal land entitlements shaped the identities of immigrant groups, and this social hierarchy persisted even after the institution of unequal state entitlements was removed. State-Sponsored Inequality offers an in-depth understanding of the key factors that contribute to social stratification in agrarian societies. Moreover, it sheds light on the many parallels between the stratification system in nineteenth-century Shuangcheng and structural inequality in contemporary China.



China East Asia and the Global Economy

China  East Asia and the Global Economy Author Takeshi Hamashita
ISBN-10 9781134040292
Release 2013-05-13
Pages 224
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Takeshi Hamashita, arguably Asia's premier historian of the longue durée, has been instrumental in opening a new field of inquiry in Chinese, East Asian and world historical research. Engaging modernization, Marxist and world system approaches, his wide-ranging redefinition of the evolving relationships between the East Asia regional system and the world economy from the sixteenth century to the present has sent ripples throughout Asian and international scholarship. His research has led him to reconceptualize the position of China first in the context of an East Asian regional order and subsequently within the framework of a wider Euro-American-Asian trade and financial order that was long gestating within, and indeed contributing to the shape of, the world market. This book presents a selection of essays from Takeshi Hamashita's oeuvre on Asian trade to introduce this important historian's work to the English speaking reader. It examines the many critical issues surrounding China and East Asia's incorporation to the world economy, including: Maritime perspectives on China, Asia and the world economy Intra-Asian trade Chinese state finance and the tributary trade system Banking and finance Maritime customs.



The River the Plain and the State

The River  the Plain  and the State Author Ling Zhang
ISBN-10 9781107155985
Release 2016-09-30
Pages 328
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This book explores the human-engineered flooding of China's Yellow River, and how it affected the state, environment, and inhabitants of the region.



The Origins of Chinese Civilization

The Origins of Chinese Civilization Author David N. Keightley
ISBN-10 0520042298
Release 1983-01-01
Pages 617
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The Origins of Chinese Civilization has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Origins of Chinese Civilization also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Origins of Chinese Civilization book for free.



The Chinese Market Economy 1000 1500

The Chinese Market Economy  1000   1500 Author William Guanglin Liu
ISBN-10 9781438455679
Release 2015-08-31
Pages 394
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Documents the rise and fall of a market economy in China from 1000–1500. Since the economic liberalization of the 1980s, the Chinese economy has boomed and is poised to become the world’s largest market economy, a position traditional China held a millennium ago. William Guanglin Liu’s bold and fascinating book is the first to rely on quantitative methods to investigate the early market economy that existed in China, making use of rare market and population data produced by the Song dynasty in the eleventh century. A counterexample comes from the century around 1400 when the early Ming court deliberately turned agrarian society into a command economy system. This radical change not only shrank markets, but also caused a sharp decline in the living standards of common people. Liu’s landmark study of the rise and fall of a market economy highlights important issues for contemporary China at both the empirical and theoretical levels.



A History of Chinese Political Thought

A History of Chinese Political Thought Author Youngmin Kim
ISBN-10 9781509523160
Release 2018-03-16
Pages 288
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China's rapid rise as a regional and global power is one of the most important political developments of the twenty-first century. Yet the West still largely overlooks or oversimplifies the complex ideas and ideals that have shaped the country’s national and international transformation from antiquity to the present day. In this beautifully written introductory text, Youngmin Kim offers a uniquely incisive survey of the major themes in Chinese political thought from customary community to empire, exploring their theoretical importance and the different historical contexts in which they arose. Challenging traditional assumptions about Chinese nationalism and Marxist history, Kim shows that "China" does not have a fixed, single identity, but rather is a constantly moving target. His probing, interdisciplinary approach traces the long and nuanced history of Chinese thought as a true tradition anchored in certain key themes, many of which began in the early dynasties and still resonate in China today. Only by appreciating this rich history, he argues, can we begin to understand the intricacies and contradictions of contemporary Chinese politics, economy, and society.



An Economic History of Early Modern India

An Economic History of Early Modern India Author Tirthankar Roy
ISBN-10 9781135047863
Release 2013-07-18
Pages 184
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The death of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 until the annexation of Maratha territories by the British East India Company in 1818 was a period of transition for the economy of India. This book focuses on these transitions, and shows how a study of this period of Indian history contributes to a deeper understanding of the long-run patterns of economic change in India. Momentous changes occurred in business and politics in India during the eighteenth century - the expansion of trade with Europe and the collapse of the Mughal Empire, resulting in the formation of a number of independent states. This book analyses how these two forces were interrelated, and how they went on to change livelihoods and material wellbeing in the region. Using detailed studies of markets, institutions, rural and urban livelihoods, and the standard of living, it develops a new perspective on the history of eighteenth century India, one that places business at the centre, rather than the transition to colonial rule. This book is the first systematic account of the economic history of early modern India, and an essential reference for students and scholars of Economics and South Asian History.



The Reunification of China

The Reunification of China Author
ISBN-10 9781107084759
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Japanese for Sinologists

Japanese for Sinologists Author Joshua A. Fogel
ISBN-10 9780520284395
Release 2017-07-18
Pages 432
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"This textbook, the first of its kind, us aimed at helping students of Chinese history and culture acquire a great ability at reading Japanese. After an introduction, several charts, and guide to dictionaries, it presents eight chapters--each with a brief introduction, the Japanese text, and an extensive, layered vocabulary list. All chapters are taken from ordinary Japanese resources, but all of the authors are known to be extraordinary scholars. The final appendix provides full translations of all the essays. The principal audience is students who have completed two or three years of classroom Japanese language instruction and want to jump into China-related materials. Although best used in a classroom with a teacher, especially assiduous students may be able to use it on their own."--Provided by publisher.



Global Trade in the Nineteenth Century

Global Trade in the Nineteenth Century Author John Wong
ISBN-10 9781107150669
Release 2016-07-04
Pages 254
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An innovative new study of the Canton trade networks that helped to shape the modern world.



An Economic History of Europe

An Economic History of Europe Author Karl Gunnar Persson
ISBN-10 9781107095564
Release 2015-03-12
Pages 240
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Second edition of leading textbook on European economic history, updated throughout and with new coverage of post-financial crisis Europe.



The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century

The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century Author Michael N. Forster
ISBN-10 9780191065521
Release 2015-02-05
Pages 896
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The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century is the first collective critical study of this important period in intellectual history. The volume is divided into four parts. The first part explores individual philosophers, including Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, and Nietzsche, amongst other great thinkers of the period. The second addresses key philosophical movements: Idealism, Romanticism, Neo-Kantianism, and Existentialism. The essays in the third part engage with different areas of philosophy that received particular attention at this time, including philosophy of nature, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of history, and hermeneutics. Finally, the contributors turn to discuss central philosophical topics, from skepticism to mat-erialism, from dialectics to ideas of historical and cultural Otherness, and from the reception of antiquity to atheism. Written by a team of leading experts, this Handbook will be an essential resource for anyone working in the area and will lead the direction of future research.