Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States

Author: Andrew Monson,Walter Scheidel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316300153

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Inspired by the New Fiscal History, this book represents the first global survey of taxation in the premodern world. What emerges is a rich variety of institutions, including experiments with sophisticated instruments such as sovereign debt and fiduciary money, challenging the notion of a typical premodern stage of fiscal development. The studies also reveal patterns and correlations across widely dispersed societies that shed light on the basic factors driving the intensification, abatement, and innovation of fiscal regimes. Twenty scholars have contributed perspectives from a wide range of fields besides history, including anthropology, economics, political science and sociology. The volume's coverage extends beyond Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East to East Asia and the Americas, thereby transcending the Eurocentric approach of most scholarship on fiscal history.
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Mapping the Chinese and Islamic Worlds

Cross-Cultural Exchange in Pre-Modern Asia

Author: Hyunhee Park

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107018684

Category: History

Page: 276

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This book documents the relationship and wisdom of Asian cartographers in the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the Europeans arrived.
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Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949)

Author: James Z. Gao

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810863088

Category: History

Page: 584

View: 5535

The Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949) offers a concise but comprehensive examination of the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of modern China. Instead of focusing merely on the political elites of China, this reference covers a variety of significant persons, including women and ethnic minorities; new historical concepts; cultural and educational institutions; and economic activities. Drawing on newly-available records, including a large mass of governmental and family archives, the narratives presented reveal new facts, offer a new interpretation in accordance with China's modernization process during the late Qing period, and a revisionist perspective on the Republican history. The chronology records not only political and military events but also other experiences of the Chinese people. The bibliography gives prominence to current literature on China's drive towards modernization and appendixes provide the reader with detailed information on China's cultural and economic transformation.
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The Age of Openness

China Before Mao

Author: Frank Dikötter

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520258815

Category: History

Page: 131

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Accessible to general readers and full of valuable insights for specialists, China before Mao presents a fresh way of approaching the country's modern history and shows that in politics, society, culture, and the economy, China was at its most diverse on the eve of World War II."--BOOK JACKET.
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Chinese History in Economic Perspective

Author: Thomas G. Rawski,Lillian M. Li

Publisher: Studies on China

ISBN: 9780520301887

Category: History

Page: 382

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This volume marks a turning point in the study of Chinese economic history. It arose from a realization that the economic history of China--as opposed to the history of the Chinese economy--had yet to be written. Most histories of the Chinese economy, whether by Western or Chinese scholars, tend to view the economy in institutional or social terms. In contrast, the studies in this volume break new ground by systematically applying economic theory and methods to the study of China. While demonstrating to historians the advantages of an economic perspective, the contributors, comprising both historians and economists, offer important new insights concerning issues of long-standing interest to both disciplines. Part One, on price behavior, presents for the first time preliminary analyses of the incomparably rich and important grain price data from the imperial archives in Beijing and Taibei during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). These studies reveal long-term trends in the Chinese economy since the seventeenth century and contain surprising discoveries about market integration, the agricultural economy, and demographic behavior in different regions of China. The essays in Part Two, on market response, deal with different aspects of the economy of Republican China (1912-49), showing that markets for land, labor, and capital sometimes functioned as predicted by models of economic "rationality" but at other times behaved in ways that can be explained only by combining economic analysis with knowledge of political, regional, class, and gender differences. Based on new types of data, they suggest novel interpretations of the Chinese economic experience. The resulting collection is interdisciplinary scholarship of a high order, which weaves together the analytic framework provided by economic theory and the rich texture of social phenomena gathered by accomplished historians. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1992.
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India in the Chinese Imagination

Myth, Religion, and Thought

Author: John Kieschnick,Meir Shahar

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812245601

Category: History

Page: 305

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In this collection of original essays, leading Asian studies scholars take a new look at the way the Chinese conceived of India in their literature, art, and religious thought in the premodern era.
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An Unfinished Republic

Leading by Word and Deed in Modern China

Author: David Strand

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520948742

Category: History

Page: 408

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In this cogent and insightful reading of China’s twentieth-century political culture, David Strand argues that the Chinese Revolution of 1911 engendered a new political life—one that began to free men and women from the inequality and hierarchy that formed the spine of China’s social and cultural order. Chinese citizens confronted their leaders and each other face-to-face in a stance familiar to republics worldwide. This shift in political posture was accompanied by considerable trepidation as well as excitement. Profiling three prominent political actors of the time—suffragist Tang Qunying, diplomat Lu Zhengxiang, and revolutionary Sun Yatsen—Strand demonstrates how a sea change in political performance left leaders dependent on popular support and citizens enmeshed in a political process productive of both authority and dissent.
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The Uniqueness of China's Development Model: 1842–2049

Author: Kwok-wah Yip

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814397792

Category: Political Science

Page: 212

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The book discusses the development model of China which has now overtaken Japan as the world's second largest economy. This remarkable economic achievement has not followed the Western world's favorite developmental tools — of freedom, democracy and a market driven economy, but rather China's unique model — of one-party authoritarian rule with a mixed economy. The Middle Kingdom's way of development has largely questioned the West's core values — freedom and democracy. The book argues that the model is based on the country's 3,000-year-old civilization, forged by the efforts, innovations, trial and error process of several recent generations, and guided by the Chinese Communist Party in the past 60 years. Sample Chapter(s) Chapter 1: Understanding the China Model (119 KB) Contents: Understanding the China ModelPerspectives on the China ModelA Comprehensive Discussion on the China Model (1)A Comprehensive Discussion on the China Model (2)The Social Structure of the China ModelThe Economic Structure of the China ModelPolitical Structure of the China ModelThe Future of the China Model and Its Impact Readership: Undergraduates, graduates, researchers and general public who are interested in China's development model such as China's social structure, economic structure and political structure etc. Keywords:China Model;China's Development Path;China's Future;China's Rise;China–US Relations;China And The West;China's Challenges;International RelationsKey Features:The book looks at some key issues of China's development model whose outcome will come to determine the world's future in the next millenniumThe author has a unique and long-term perspective of China's developmentSince participating in pro-Communist activities in Hong Kong in high school years in the 1950s, the author has witnessed various stages of China's development, often with personal involvement in business, social and in political affairs in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Thus he has gained intimate knowledge about various aspects of China in the form of numerous anecdotes and insights presented in this book
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Envisioning Eternal Empire

Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Period

Author: Yuri Pines

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824832752

Category: Political Science

Page: 311

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This ambitious book looks into the reasons for the exceptional durability of the Chinese empire, which lasted for more than two millennia (221 B.C.E.-1911 C.E.). Yuri Pines identifies the roots of the empire's longevity in the activities of thinkers of the Warring States period (453-221 B.C.E.), who, in their search for solutions to an ongoing political crisis, developed ideals, values, and perceptions that would become essential for the future imperial polity. In marked distinction to similar empires worldwide, the Chinese empire was envisioned and to a certain extent "preplanned" long before it came into being. As a result, it was not only a military and administrative construct, but also an intellectual one. Pines makes the argument that it was precisely its ideological appeal that allowed the survival and regeneration of the empire after repeated periods of turmoil. Envisioning Eternal Empire presents a panoptic survey of philosophical and social conflicts in Warring States political culture. By examining the extant corpus of preimperial literature, including transmitted texts and manuscripts uncovered at archaeological sites, Pines locates the common ideas of competing thinkers that underlie their ideological controversies. This bold approach allows him to transcend the once fashionable perspective of competing "schools of thought" and show that beneath the immense pluralism of Warring States thought one may identify common ideological choices that eventually shaped traditional Chinese political culture
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Critical Han Studies

Author: Thomas Mullaney,James Patrick Leibold,Stéphane Gros

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520289757

Category: History

Page: 418

View: 7546

Constituting over ninety percent of China's population, Han is not only the largest ethnonational group in that country but also one of the largest categories of human identity in world history. In this pathbreaking volume, a multidisciplinary group of scholars examine this ambiguous identity, one that shares features with, but cannot be subsumed under, existing notions of ethnicity, culture, race, nationality, and civilization.
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The Stubborn Earth

American Agriculturalists on Chinese Soil, 1898-1937

Author: Randall E. Stross

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780520066205

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

View: 5209

00 This is a study of the first major American effort to aid a developing country--China--in the early twentieth century. Anyone interested in U.S.-China relations and in the American presence abroad will find it provocative and frequently moving. This is a study of the first major American effort to aid a developing country--China--in the early twentieth century. Anyone interested in U.S.-China relations and in the American presence abroad will find it provocative and frequently moving.
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Transgender China

Author: H. Chiang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113708250X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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This volume brings together experts with diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the China field, from cultural studies to history to musicology, to make a timely intervention—from the historical demise of enuchism to male cross-dressing shows in contemporary Taiwan—to inaugurate a subfield in Chinese transgender studies.
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The Year China Discovered The World

Author: Gavin Menzies

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448154839

Category: History

Page: 656

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On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was 'to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas' and unite the world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last for over two years and take them around the globe but by the time they returned home, China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. And so the great ships were left to rot and the records of their journey were destroyed. And with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Columbus, and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook... The result of fifteen years research, 1421 is Gavin Menzies' enthralling account of the voyage of the Chinese fleet, the remarkable discoveries he made and the persuasive evidence to support them: ancient maps, precise navigational knowledge, astronomy and the surviving accounts of Chinese explorers and the later European navigators as well as the traces the fleet left behind - from sunken junks to the votive offerings left by the Chinese sailors wherever they landed, giving thanks to Shao Lin, goddess of the sea. Already hailed as a classic, this is the story of an extraordinary journey of discovery that not only radically alters our understanding of world exploration but also rewrites history itself.
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Print and Politics

‘Shibao’ and the Culture of Reform in Late Qing China

Author: Joan Judge

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 080476493X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

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Print and Politics offers a cultural history of a late Qing newspaper, Shibao, the most influential reform daily of its time. Exploring the simultaneous emergence of a new print culture and a new culture of politics in early-twentieth-century China, the book treats Shibao as both institution and text and demonstrates how the journalists who wrote for the paper attempted to stake out a “middle realm” of discourse and practice. Chronicling the role these journalists played in educational and constitutional organizations, as well as their involvement in major issues of the day, it analyzes their essays as political documents and as cultural artifacts. Particular attention is paid to the language the journalists used, the cultural constructs they employed to structure their arguments, and the multiple sources of authority they appealed to in advancing their claims for reform.
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A Newspaper for China?

Power, Identity, and Change in Shanghai's News Media, 1872-1912

Author: Barbara Mittler

Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center

ISBN: 9780674012172

Category: History

Page: 504

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In 1872 in the treaty port of Shanghai, British merchant Ernest Major founded one of the longest-lived and most successful of modern Chinese-language newspapers, the "Shenbao." This book sets out to analyze how the managers of the "Shenbao" made their alien product acceptable to Chinese readers and how foreign-style newspapers became alternative modes of communication acknowledged as a powerful part of the Chinese public sphere within a few years.
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Religion and nationalism in Chinese societies

Author: Cheng-Tian Kuo

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048535050

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies explores the interaction between religion and nationalism in the Chinese societies of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. On the one hand, state policies toward religions in these societies are deciphered and their implications for religious freedom and regional stability are evaluated. On the other hand, Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam and folk religions are respectively analyzed in terms of their theological, organizational and political responses to the nationalist modernity projects of these states. What is new in this book on Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies is that the Chinese state has strengthened its control over religion to an unprecedented level. In particular, the Chinese state has almost completed its construction of a state religion called Chinese Patriotism. But at the same time, what is also new is the emergence of democratic civil religions in these Chinese societies, which directly challenge the Chinese state religion and may significantly transform their religion-state relations for better or for worse.
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China Marches West

The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

Author: Peter C Perdue

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674042026

Category: History

Page: 752

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From about 1600 to 1800, the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet. The China we know is a product of these vast conquests. Peter C. Perdue chronicles this little-known story of China's expansion into the northwestern frontier. Unlike previous Chinese dynasties, the Qing achieved lasting domination over the eastern half of the Eurasian continent. Rulers used forcible repression when faced with resistance, but also aimed to win over subject peoples by peaceful means. They invested heavily in the economic and administrative development of the frontier, promoted trade networks, and adapted ceremonies to the distinct regional cultures. Perdue thus illuminates how China came to rule Central Eurasia and how it justifies that control, what holds the Chinese nation together, and how its relations with the Islamic world and Mongolia developed. He offers valuable comparisons to other colonial empires and discusses the legacy left by China's frontier expansion. The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule. At the same time, China has launched an ambitious development program in its interior that in many ways echoes the old Qing policies. China Marches West is a tour de force that will fundamentally alter the way we understand Central Eurasia.
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Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia

Politics, Security and Economic Development

Author: Mark Beeson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137332379

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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This book examines the distinctive evolution of the political and economic relationships of East Asia. It does this by placing East Asian development in the unique historical circumstances that have underpinned its rise to power over the last few decades. This detailed analysis provides the basis for an assessment of a unified East Asian region.
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