1st Edition

Economic Development in Modern China Before 1949

By Guan Quan Copyright 2024
    286 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the first volume of a two-volume set on Chinese economic history, this book investigates Chinese economic development between 1912 and 1949 and unravels the overall level during that time.

    From the perspective of development economics, the two-volume set studies the economic history and development of China since 1912, with a focus on the quantitative analysis of economic activities. Comprised of two core parts, this first volume, centering on the period of the Republic of China, first describes the historical process and characteristics of the economy at different stages and then looks into the momentum and inner logic that underpin the economic development. The former part covers issues of agriculture, industry, population, and labour force, urbanization, price changes, people’s consumption and living standard, regional difference, etc. The latter part includes discussions on natural and human resources, capital formation and technological progress, the role of government and finance, international trade, and foreign capital.

    This title will be an interesting read for scholars and students working on Chinese economic history, the Chinese economy, and modern Chinese society.

    Part I Preparatory Investigation  1. Overview of Modern Economic Development  Part II Processes and Characteristics  2. Changes in Agriculture  3. Development of Industry: Part 1   4. Development of Industry: Part 2   5. Population, Labor Force, and Urbanization   6. Changes of Consumer Prices and Living Standards  7. Imbalance in Regional Development  Part III Conditions and Causes  8. Natural Resources and Human Resources  9. Capital Formation and Technological Progress  10. Role of Government and Finance  11. International Trade and Foreign Capital  Part IV Comparison and Revelation12. Summary and Outlook


    Guan Quan is Professor at the School of Economics of Renmin University of China. His research interests include development economics, international economics, Chinese economy, and Japanese economy. His recent publications with Routledge include the two-volume Industrial Development in Modern China: Comparisons with Japan.