Historically, the Lower Yangzi Delta (or Jiangnan), has played a key role in China's ecomic development. Indeed, as the prime example of a traditional Chinese market ecomy, the region serves as the core case study when making comparisons between the Chinese and Western ecomies in the early modern period. This book explores aspects of this vibrant market ecomy in late imperial China, and by presenting a reconstructed narrative of ecomic development in the early modern Jiangnan, provides new perspectives on established theories of Chinese ecomic development. Further, by examining ecomic values alongside social structures, this book produces a historically comprehensive account of the contemporary Chinese ecomy which engenders a deeper and broader understanding of China's current ecomic success. With a broad range of empirical case studies which incorporate a range of social science and cultural theories, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese history, as well as Chinese ecomics and business.
Billy K. L. So is Chair Professor of History at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Economics: Professional & General
Academia Sinica on East Asia
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30 black & white illustrations, 41 black & white tables, 30 black & white line drawings