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Chinese capitalism, 1522-1840 /
edited by Xu Dixin and Wu Chengming ; contributions from Wang Shixin ... [et al.] ; translation by Li Zhengde, Liang Miaoru, Li Siping.
imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
description
xl. 517 p.
ISBN
0312217293 (cloth)
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
isbn
0312217293 (cloth)
general note
Partial translation of original work.
catalogue key
3339196
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-04:
This abridged translation of the first volume of a three-volume work on China's early modern economy is by no means rendered obsolete for being drawn from a 1985 Chinese publication reporting research done during the 1960s and '70s. Much of the empirical data on particular trades is still highly useful. Western economic historians unfamiliar with a Marxist framework will find the analytical sections heavy going, as for example the usually meaningless distinctions between "mercantile" and "industrial" capitalism, but historians of economic thought will find these sections useful for tracing the early stages of the breakdown of that Marxist framework. Some Westerners label this long transition between the preindustrial period and a maturing full industrial economy the "preconditions for industrial takeoff" period; others call it the "early industrial revolution." Mao Zedong more picturesquely characterized it as the period of the "sprouts of capitalism." The volume's translators substitute for Mao's metaphor Engel's "embryonic capitalism." Although the authors are loathe to extend many of that embryonic stage's traits back to Song (960-1276), they document 18th- and 19th-century close precursors to 20th-century, full-blown, machine-powered factories. For researchers in Chinese economic history and their students. Upper-division undergraduate and up. E. H. Kaplan; Western Washington University
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This book offers a unique guide to China's long economic history and to the embryonic development of Chinese capitalism. It makes a classic work of Chinese economic history from top Chinese scholars available, in abridged form, for the first time in English. The immense historic sweep runs from the Late Ming period through the early mid Qing to the time of the Opium wars. In each period there are detailed surveys of sectors of the economy, both industrial and agricultural, and of the technological development and methods used, in addition to overviews of the nature of economic change in China and the retarded development of capitalism prior to the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Embryonic Capitalism in China
Capitalism in the Late Ming
Capitalism in Agriculture in the Early and Middle Qing Dynasty
Capitalism During the Early and Middle Qing
Capitalism in Handicraft Industries in the Early and Middle Qing
Conclusion
Index
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