Cities of Jiangnan in Late Imperial China

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Linda Cooke Johnson
SUNY Press - History - 310 pages
This book examines cities of the Jiangnan region of south-central China between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries, an area considered to be the model of a successfully developing regional economy. The six studies focus on the urban centers of Suzhou, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, and Shanghai.

Emphasizing the regional focus, the authors explore the interconnections and sequential relationships between these major cities and analyze common themes such as the development of handicraft industry, transport and commerce, class structure, ethnic diversity and internal immigration, and the social and political pressures generated by developments in manufacturing, taxes, and government politics. The book provides a valuable resource on commercial development and internal economic and social development in pre-modern China, particularly on specific regional development and the historical role of traditional Chinese cities.
 

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Contents

City and Region in the Lower Yangzi
1
The Rise of Suzhou 11271550
17
Late Ming Urban Reform and the Popular Uprising
47
Urban Society in Late Imperial Suzhou
81
A Central Place in the Qing Empire
117
An Emerging Jiangnan Port 16831840
151
Appendices
183
Notes
189
Glossary
261
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Linda Cooke Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. She is the author of The Great Scheme for Commercial Intercourse: The Chinese, the British, and the Opening of Shanghai, and The Creation of a Pre-Colonial Port City: Shanghai 1730-1850.

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