One Industry, Two Chinas: Silk Filatures and Peasant-Family Production in Wuxi County, 1865-1937
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One Industry, Two Chinas: Silk Filatures and Peasant-Family Production in Wuxi County, 1865-1937

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ISBN-13:
9780804729987
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.1999
Seiten:
290
Autor:
Lynda S. Bell
Gewicht:
590 g
Format:
236x161x31 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Note on Wuxi county's administrative boundaries, commerical districts, and size; Weights, measures and exchange rates; 1. introduction: a tale of two Chinas; 2. Markets and power in the late imperial era; 3. Why Wuxi? merchant competition and the changing contours of Yangzi Delta Silk Production; 4. Public sphere or private interest? Defending the Wuxi cocoon trade; 5. Investors at risk in the Wuxi filature industry; 6. Women in sericulture, or how gendered labor (re-)shaped peasant-family production; 7. Imparting modernity: women and the politics of silk-industry reform; 8. Success at last? Bourgeois practice and state intervention under the nationalists; 9. Conclusion: peasants, industry, and the state; Appendices; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Character list; Index.
This book is a detailed study of the modern silk industry in a county in the Yangzi delta. It reopens and restructures the grand debate on Chinese economic development, combining quantitative analysis of both industry and agriculture with study of how local politics, class, culture, and gender also shaped the modern Chinese economy.