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Author Mazumdar, Sucheta, 1948-

Title Sugar and society in China : peasants, technology, and the world market / Sucheta Mazumdar.

Published Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Asia Center, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  338.173610951 MAZU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 657 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series ; 45.
Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series ; 45.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [421]-623) and index.
Contents 1. Consumption and Demand: Parameters of the Domestic Market -- 2. The World Market: Changing Patterns of Trade -- 3. From Cane into Sugar: The Technology of Sugar Manufacture -- 4. The Social Formation of Late-Imperial China -- 5. Commercialization in a Smallholder Economy -- 6. Markets and Monopsonies: Commercial Capital, Strategies, and Structures -- 7. Divergent Outcomes: The Sugar Industry in Guangdong and Taiwan -- Appendix. Weights, Measures, and Money.
Summary In this wide-ranging study, Sucheta Mazumdar offers a new answer to the fundamental question of why China, universally acknowledged one of the most developed economies in the world through the mid-eighteenth century, paused in this development process in the nineteenth. Focusing on cane-sugar production, domestic and international trade, technology, and history of consumption for over a thousand years as a means of framing the larger questions, she shows that the economy of late imperial China was not stagnant, nor was the state suppressing trade: indeed, China was integrated into the world market well before the Opium War. But clearly the trajectory of development did not transform the social organization of production or set in motion sustained economic growth.
Using a comparative perspective, Mazumdar locates late imperial China within the framework of global history and proposes a fundamental integration of local and global history that recasts our understanding of Qing history.
Subject Sugar trade -- China -- History.
China -- Economic conditions.
China -- Social conditions.
ISBN 067485408X (alk. paper)