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China's Political Economy in Modern Times

Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800-2000, 1st Edition

By Kent G Deng


320 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book makes an important contribution to the study of changes in China’s institutions and their impact on the national economy as well as ordinary people’s daily material life from 1800 to 2000. Kent Deng reveals China’s mega-cycle of prosperity-poverty-prosperity without the usual attribution to the 1840 Opium War, or the alleged population pressure, class struggle and oriental despotism. The book challenges the conventional view on ‘rebellions’, ‘revolutions’ and their alleged motivations and outcomes. Its findings separate commonly circulated myth with reality based on solid evidence and careful evaluation. The benchmark used by the author is people’s entitlement and mundane day-to-day material well being, instead of the stereotype of aggregates of industrial hardware and national GDP.

China’s Political economy in Modern Times proves that state-building was the prime mover in China’s modern history. Contrary to the popular belief in mass movement, Deng shows convincingly that changes were in most cases imposed by a minority with external help. Therefore, the quality of the state was unpredictable, seen from the anti-state that cost lives and economic growth.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Politics, Chinese Economics, Chinese History, and Political Economy.

Table of Contents

Part One 1. Changes in Modern China and Their Causes 2. The Qing State and Its Success 3. The Withering State and Its Consequences 4. Empire-wide Unrest and Failures in State-Building, 1850–70 5. Sate Revitalisation and Federalism, 1850–1911 6. Musical Chairs: More State-Builders in the Twentieth Century Part Two 7. Benchmarking Economic Performance, 1800–2000 8. Performance with the Private Economy, 1800–1936 9. Performance under Destruction, 1937–77 10. Fast Recovery, Growth, Development and the Future 11. Conclusion

About the Author

Kent Deng is Reader in the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
HISTORY / Asia / China
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General