The Chinese Coal Industry: An Economic History (Hardback) book cover

The Chinese Coal Industry

An Economic History

By Elspeth Thomson

© 2004 – Routledge

432 pages

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Hardback: 9780700717279
pub: 2002-11-21
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The coal industry has been and continues to be of critical importance for China's economic modernization. With its huge labour force, country-wide infrastructure, and vital strategic importance for the economy, the industry presents special problems for reformers, and epitomises the problems of reform in the state industrial sector as a whole. This book examines the changes in the structure and operation of the Chinese coal industry from the mid-19th century to the present, concentrating on the years of reform. Although the focus is on the economics of the industry, the book also provides many insights into China's socio-political development.


'[A] wealth of information on a vast range of production and consumption issues … Thomson has also done an excellent job of placing the Chinese industry in its wider international context.' - China Quarterly

About the Author

Elspeth Thomson received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her main interests pertain to infrastructure development in China, particularly the energy sector. She has taught courses on the economies of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Asian countries at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General