This book studies the process of economic and industrial development in the Republic of China (1912-1949), in the hope of shedding light on how China came to be a comparative economic laggard in the period, especially in comparison to Japan.
Backed up by extensive industrial statistical data gathered and rigorously analyzed by the author, this book stands out from previous research that has been limited to theoretical inferences and general judgments with scarce empirical evidence. So, far from being a purely historical review of China's industrial development, this book focuses on the internal logic of economic phenomena, especially the relationship among economic variables reflected in economic data, and it offers discussions within the framework of economic development theory. The author uses multivariate statistical analysis to draw comparisons between the industrial development of China and that of Japan, focusing on outbound investment and its importance for economic growth.
This book will appeal to academics and general readers interested in the economic development and modern economic history of East Asia, as well as development economics and industrial and technological history.
Table of Contents
1. Industry in the Second Decade of the 20th Century: Based on the Analysis of the Statistics Table of Agriculture and Commerce 2. Industry in the Hinterland in 1933: Based on the Analysis of the Industrial Survey Report of China 3. Industry in Northeast China in the 1930s: Analysis Based on Statistics of Factories in Manchuria 4. Industry in North China from 1939 to 1942: Analysis Based on North China Statistics of Factories 5. Industry in the Rear Area During the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression: Based on the Analysis of General Statistics of the Rear Industries: 1942 6. Industry in Cities: Nationwide, Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan 7. Mining Production during the Republic of China Period: Based on the Analysis of Mining Survey of China 8. Comparison of Industrial Development in China and Japan in the 1930s 9. Comparison and Summary
Guan Quan is a professor in the School of Economics at Renmin University of China in Beijing.