Fighting Famine in North China: State, Market, and Environmental Decline, 1690s-1990s

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Stanford University Press, 2007 - History - 520 pages
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This monumental work provides a new perspective on the historical significance of famines in China over the past three hundred years. It examines the relationship between the interventionist state policies of the eighteenth-century Qing emperors (“the golden age of famine relief”), the environmental and political crises of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (when China was called “the Land of Famine”), and the ambitions of the Mao era (which tragically led to the greatest famine in human history). In addition to a wide array of documentary sources, the book employs quantitative analysis to measure the economic impact of natural crises, state policies, and markets. In this way, the theories of Qing statesmen that have received much attention in recent scholarship are linked to actual practices and outcomes. Using the Zhili-Hebei region as its focus, the book also reveals the unusual role played by the institutions and policies designed to ensure food security for the capital, Beijing.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
HEAVEN EARTH AND MAN IN NORTH CHINA
13
EMPERORS AS ENGINEERS
38
POPULATION AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
74
FOOD AND PRICES III
111
1ac Zhili Grain Prices 17381911 114 115116
114
5ab Seasonal Variation of WheatMillet Prices by Prefectures 126
126
PROVISIONING BEIJING
144
1ab Actual and Predicted WheatMillet Prices 17381750
240
NINETEENTHCENTURY DEVOLUTION
250
1ab Actual and Predicted WheatMillet Prices 17991816
256
3ab Actual and Predicted WheatMillet Prices 18651885
270
THE LAND OF FAMINE 19001949
283
RURAL CRISIS AND ECONOMIC CHANGE 19001949
310
FOOD AND FAMINE UNDER SOCIALIST RULE 194919908
341
CONCLUSION
377

GRANARIES AS SOLUTION AND PROBLEM
166
in Zhili Province 17491792
170
MARKETS AND PRICES
196
1ab Coefficients of Price Variation 17381911 198199
198
2ab Model of Supply Elasticity and Price Behavior
206
73ab Wheat and Millet Prices in Zhili and Fengtian 17651911 214
214
75ab Regression of Zhili WheatMillet Prices on Fengtian and Lower Yangzi
216
THE HIGH QING MODEL
221
Reign Periods of the Qing Dynasty 16441011 and Use of Dates
389
Appendices
399
Data
405
Appendix y Quantitative Methods
413
Abbreviations Used in Notes
419
Bibliography
483
Gazetteers List
507
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Lillian M. Li is Professor of History at Swarthmore College. She has previously published China's Silk Trade: Traditional Industry in the Modern World, 1842-1937 (1981) and coedited Chinese History in Economic Perspective (1992).

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