9780415162395

The Premodern Chinese Economy: Structural Equilibrium and Capitalist Sterility

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    9780415162395

  • ISBN10:

    0415162394

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-03-16
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book is a comprehensive analysis of China's economic history. It provides an essential background to the study of China's struggle for growth and development, with insights into the concept of underdevelopment and theories of transitional economics.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
ix
Preface xi
List of abbreviations
xiii
Introduction: problems and a new insight
1(35)
Paradoxes in Chinese economic history
1(4)
Critique of theoretical frameworks
5(25)
Areas to examine and theoretical tools
30(3)
Chinese names and historical periods
33(3)
Main factors in the Chinese socio-economic system
36(86)
Predominant agriculture in the economy
36(12)
Private individual land ownership
48(24)
Free peasantry: backbone of the agrarian economy
72(15)
Physiocratic state
87(11)
Centralised government
98(10)
Confucian ideology
108(13)
Remarks
121(1)
Trinary structure: origin, tension and equilibrium
122(90)
Trinary structure: a macro institution
122(5)
Origin and development of the structure
127(21)
Equilibrium as a pursued status
148(6)
Intra-equilibria
154(21)
Life under the trinary equilibrium
175(35)
Remarks
210(2)
Disequilibrium, cataclysm and recovery
212(52)
Disequilibrium: the trinity crisis
212(8)
Cataclysm: popular armed rebellions
220(8)
Causes of the rebellions
228(6)
Main characteristics of the rebellions
234(8)
Nature of the rebellions
242(5)
Effectiveness, success, function and consequence of the rebellions
247(7)
Further evaluation
254(5)
A comparison with post-1789 France
259(5)
External pressure and shock: the reinforcement of the pattern
264(33)
Agrarian China: the constant attraction to invaders
264(1)
External pressure and its internalisation
265(14)
External shock and its internalisation
279(15)
Reinforcement of the trinary structure
294(2)
Answer to the first paradox about China
296(1)
Conclusion: deadlock in economic development
297(32)
Supra-stability of the trinary structure
297(4)
The Song and its extraordinariness
301(20)
Final remarks
321(8)
Appendices 329(1)
Government profiteering 329(2)
The Ming-Qing Price revolution and population growth 331(5)
Dissemination of agricultural technology in China 336(5)
Peasant behavioural patterns 341(8)
china's pseudo-feudalism 349(2)
Choices for a dualistic peasant household economy 351(5)
Estimation of tax rates 356(2)
Land reforms and anti-concentration of landholding 358(2)
Population growth and arable land 360(3)
Data concerning mass rebellions 363(14)
Cotton and its diffusion in China 377(1)
Bibliography 378(31)
Index 409

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