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China's Silk Trade: Traditional Industry in the Modern World, 1842-1937 (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

Lillian M. Li

ISBN 10: 0674119622 / ISBN 13: 9780674119628
Published by Harvard University Asia Center, 1981
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Title: China's Silk Trade: Traditional Industry in ...

Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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The development of modern China’s most important export commodity, silk, is traced from the opening of the treaty ports to the 1930s. This study examines the silk industry, one of China’s most advanced traditional economic enterprises, as it moved into large-scale trade with the West. And it especially considers whether traditional economic organizations and practices encouraged or inhibited the expansion of the industry and its technological modernization.

The silk industry is presented as a microcosm of China’s encounter with the modern world market, focusing on such topics as the role of the state, the relationship between treaty ports and rural producers, the domestic market, and the financing and organization of the modern sector. Such important issues as the “sprouts of capitalism” argument and Japan’s assumption of first position in the modern world silk market are authoritatively and convincingly illuminated.

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Of all the products associated with the material wealth and cultural splendor of traditional Chinese civilization, none was so quintessentially Chinese as silk. From the most ancient times silk played a role in Chinese history, both as a symbol of imperial tradition and as a mainstay of the peasant economy.

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