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The guilds of Peking /
John Stewart Burgess.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1928.
270 pages ; 23 cm.
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New York : Columbia University Press, 1928.
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Foreword -- Introduction -- Method and scope of study -- The origin and history of the guilds -- A descriptive study of three Peking guilds -- Number of guilds, guidl halls and guild offices -- Guild membership -- Guild organization -- Guild meetings -- Guild finances -- The apprentice system -- The charitable work of the guilds -- The religious life of the guilds -- The functions of the guilds -- Contemporary trends in guild life and the probable future of the guilds -- Problems and possibilities
The study of Chinese guilds has a wide range of theoretical and practical interest. To the economic historian it brings fresh material on contemporary economic organizations that are similar in many respects to the guilds of Medieval Europe. It may even throw some light on much disputed problems of medieval history. Of interest, also, is the understanding that such a study gives of the basic form of the economic structure of China and of the effects of the impact of Western industrial and commercial expansion. -- Introduction.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-265).

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