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Economic Change in China, c.1800–1950

Economic Change in China, c.1800–1950

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Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521635714

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  • This book is the first attempt to focus on the long-term process of economic change in pre-Communist China. It examines the extent to which China had become a modern economy by 1950 and analyzes the origins of some of the "modern" features in the traditional economy. With maps, tables and bibliography to guide the student, this concise study will provide an invaluable introduction to crucial aspects of Chinese history.

    • First student-level attempt to analyse China's transition to economic modernity
    • An accessible survey of China's economic history over the century and a half prior to the Communist takeover
    • An attempt to analyse economic history of a country in which a quarter of the world's population lived and worked in its own terms and in its own right rather than through an exclusively Western perspective
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Richardson's work provides a rich overview of internal economic processes, in particular the dynamic of change generated by demographic change and market forces within Chinese industry and agriculture, which are critical inputs to understanding China's growth and development." Choice

    "...Richardson's presentation of major hypotheses, theories, and debates are comprehensive, balanced, lucid and...acurate....the most commendable feature of the book is Richardson's consistent and able presentation and discussion of quantitative evidence and economic statistics for almost all the major issues on national income, agriculture, industry and international trade. This is no easy task as Chinese statistics are a source of controversy." EH.NET

    "Examines the development of the Chinese economy over the period 1800-1950, exploring the dynamics of the process of change and the emergence of modern features within the Chinese economy." Journal of Economic Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521635714
    • length: 138 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.19kg
    • contains: 3 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Analytical frameworks
    2. The eighteenth-century legacy and the early nineteenth-century crisis
    3. Growth and structural change
    4. Foreign trade and investment
    5. Industry: traditional and modern
    6. Agriculture
    7. The state and the economy
    8. Conclusion: the legacy of the past.

  • Author

    Philip Richardson, University of Bristol

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