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The Political Economy of the Han Dynasty and Its Legacy

1st Edition

Edited by Cheng Lin, Terry Peach, Fang Wang

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248 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together a group of leading scholars from China and the West to provide an unprecedented assessment of the nature, origins and historical influence of the Political Economy that developed during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Following an Introduction that sets out the background to the period, successive chapters deal with topics including theoretical and ideological developments during the Han, monetary and fiscal policy, land ownership and distribution, the role of the state, and the provision of support to the needy. A recurring theme is that the Political Economy of the Han was to exercise a profound and, in the opinion of some contributors, a malign influence over China’s subsequent development, even to the present day.

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: The Political Economy of the Han: Introduction, Terry Peach; Chapter 2: From Contention to Unification: Transformation of Economic Thought in the Han Dynasty and its Heritage, Cheng Lin and Zhang Shen; Chapter 3: Dong Zhongshu and Confucian Economic Thought as State Ideology in the Western Han Dynasty, Zhong Xiangcai; Chapter 4: The Monetary and Fiscal System of the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties, Ma Tao and Li Wei; Chapter 5: Monetary Thought in the Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms Period (220 BCE-280 CE), Gavin S.H. Chiu and S.C. Kwan; Chapter 6: The System of Tribute Equalisation in the Han, Li Chaomin; Chapter 7: War Economy in the Western Han Dynasty, Elisa Levi Sabattini; Chapter 8: The ‘Land Quota’ System in the Han Dynasty and its Historical Influence, Wang Fang; Chapter 9: A Western Perspective on the Yantie lun, Bertram Schefold; Chapter 10: Sima Qian and Laissez Faire: Satire on a ‘Discordant and Degenerate Age’, Terry Peach; Index

About the Editors

Cheng Lin is Professor and Dean of the Department of Economic History at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Vice-President of the Society of the History of Chinese Economic Thought. Publications include: Banking in China, 1859-1949 (SUFE Press, 1989), Western Development in China, 1840-1949 (with Wang Fang and Zhang Wei) (Shanghai Peoples Press, 2007) and Cheng, Peach and Wang (eds.), The History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought (Routledge, 2014).

Terry Peach is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Publications include: Interpreting Ricardo (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paperback edition 2009), David Ricardo: Critical Responses, vols. i-iv (ed.) (London: Routledge, 2003), The History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought (co-ed.) (London: Routledge, 2014), as well as articles in journals including the Economic Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, History of Political Economy, and Oxford Economic Papers.

Wang Fang is Associate Professor in the School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Publications include: Wang Fang and Xiong Jin-wu, "The Relationship between Economic Thought and System in the Transition Period of Modern China: A Case Study of the Evolution of the Land System", Research in Chinese Economic History, 2015(12); Wang Fang, Miao Degang and He Xiaobo, "Did Civilian Granaries Affect Social Stability? Empirical Evidence from the Qing Dynasty (1817–1856)", Frontiers of Economics in China, 2015(3); and Cheng, Peach and Wang (eds.), The History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought (Routledge, 2014).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory