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By Thomas G. Rawski, Lillian M. Li

The essays assembled the following characterize a turning element within the examine of chinese language fiscal heritage. earlier paintings has emphasised the institutional and social bases of financial swap. those reviews holiday new floor, bringing Western fiscal idea to the examine of China's financial system because the 17th century.

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Braudel and F. Spooner, "Prices in Europe from 1450 to 1750," The Cambridge Economic History of Europe , vol. 4, ed. E. E. Rich and C. H. Wilson (Cambridge, 1967), pp. 378–486. [14] All price data come from the First Historical Archives in Beijing and the National Palace Museum in Taibei. 30 taels per shi ) is apparently unreliable. Because Guangdong had become the province with the severest shortage in food supply, the Guangzhou price should be at least as high as the Quanzhou price. The 1909 price for Tianjin is unavailable; instead I give the price of top-grade rice in Beijing for the same year.

Yet in recent centuries North China has also suffered unfavorable natural conditions and economic hardships. Unlike the fertile rice-growing regions of South China, the North practices mixed cultivation of dry-land grains under climatic conditions that have made the fate of each year's crop extremely uncertain. Zhili Province (roughly equivalent to modern-day Hebei Province), the subject of this article, best embodies these contradictory characteristics. As the site of the imperial capital of Beijing since the thirteenth century, Zhili had economic advantages that derived more from its political centrality than from its natural resources.

Many local products, such as soybeans, straw mats, tung oil, and bristles, found their way into the world market. The introduction of steamships and railroads lowered the cost of transportation and also contributed greatly to market expansion. Consequently, China's trade, external as well as internal, experienced a rapid expansion. i... probably a good approximation. [54] There is good reason to believe that the velocity of transactions rose in the latest phase of secular price movements. First, population increased almost as fast as in the eighteenth century.

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