The History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought

Edited by Cheng Lin, Terry Peach, Wang Fang

© 2013 – Routledge

246 pages

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pub: 2014-02-19
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About the Book

This volume comprises twelve papers written by Chinese scholars on various aspects of the history of ancient Chinese economic thought. The contributions are preceded by an introduction which gives an overview of the development of the subject of history of economic thought in China, and which also provides an historical context to the individuals who constitute the major "schools" of ancient Chinese economic thought.

The authors of the papers are leading scholars who have dominated this research area since the founding of New China in 1949, while the broad range of topics covered by the contributions includes questions of methodology, detailed and sometimes controversial interpretations of texts and "schools", and the international influence and modern relevance of ancient Chinese thought. A recurrent theme is that ancient Chinese thought has at least as much to offer to the historian as ancient Western thought. As the first such volume of papers to be translated into English, this collection provides a unique opportunity for non-Chinese readers to sample the way in which Chinese historians of economics have attempted to understand their own intellectual heritage.

This book will be relevant to scholars interested in the history of economic thought, economic history and Chinese studies.


"In essence, this is a book that has a lot to offer to those interested in the history of economic thought, economic history, and Chinese studies."

Xiaobing Wang, The University of Manchester

Table of Contents

1. Considerations on the Research Methodology of the History of Chinese Economic Thought Hu Jichuang 2. On the Major Fields and Significance of the Study of the History of Ancient Chinese Economic Thought Wu Baosan 3. Fu Guo Xue and the ‘Economics’ of Ancient China Zhao Jing 4. The Chinese Origin of Physiocratic Economics Tan Min 5. On ‘Guanzi Qing Zhong’ Ye Shichang 6. A Comparison between Confucian and Daoist Economic Philosophies in the Pre-Qin Era Tang Renwu 7. The Start of Family Economics of Chinese Feudal Landowners: On Jia Sixie’s ‘Important Arts for People's Welfare’ Zheng Xueyi 8. Confucian Thought on the Free Economy Ma Tao 9. Etymological Studies of ‘Chinese Economics’ Ye Tan 10. The Theory of Division of Labour in Chinese History Yan Qinghua 11. Harmony of Diversity and Great Uniformity: Two trains of thought in the economics of ancient China Zhong Xiangcai 12. The Influence of Ancient Chinese Thought on the Ever Normal Granary on Henry A. Wallace and the Agricultural Adjustment Act in the New Deal Li Chaomin

About the Editors

Cheng Lin is Chairman of the Department of Economic History and Associate Dean of the School of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China.

Terry Peach is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester, UK and Visiting Professor of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China.

Wang Fang is Associate Dean of the Institute of Advanced Research at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Asia / China