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What did it mean to run a large, commercialized agrarian polity according to the best Confucian principles?

This book is intended as a contribution to both intellectual and political history. It is partly a study of how Confucian-trained officials thought about the grain trade and the state's role in it, particularly the "ever-normal granaries," the stockpiles of grain maintained by every county government as protection against shortages and high prices. The author investigates the scope and limits of belief in market forces among those critical of government intervention, establishing that rudimentary economic arguments for state withdrawal from the grain trade were available by 1750. She then explores challenges, from within the ruling apparatus, to the state's claim that its own stockpiling served the public interest, as well as the factors behind decisions in the mid- and late 1740s to suspend or decrease state purchases of grain.

As a study of Confucian government in action, this book describes a mode of public policy discussion far less dominated by the Confucian scriptures than one might expect. As a contribution to intellectual history, the work offers a detailed view of members of an ostensibly Confucian government pursuing divergent agendas around the question of "state or merchant?"

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As a study of Confucian government in action, State or Merchant describes a mode of public policy discussion far less dominated by the Confucian scriptures than one might expect. As a contribution to intellectual history, the work offers a detailed view of members of an ostensibly Confucian government pursuing divergent agendas around the question of "state or merchant?"

About the Author

Helen Dunstan is Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney.

University of Sydney

Table of Contents

Tables, Maps, Figures

Weights, Measures, and Unites of Currency

Abbreviations and Citation Conventions

Introduction

Part I: Private-Sector Stockpiling: State Versus Hoarder

1. Legal Ambiguity, Coercive Practice

2. The Subtler Ways of Handling Hoarders

3. Interventionism Questioned

Part II: Public-Sector Stockpiling: The State As Hoarder?

4. The Issues in the Ever-Normal Granaries Debate

5. A Sage and His Advisors: 1738-43

6. Overt and Covert: 1744-47

7. The Grand Discussion: 1748-49

8. The Slashing of the Targets

9. Of Loose Ends and Parallel Developments

Conclusion: Political Economy or Political Process?

Appendix: Chronology of the Granaries Debate

Bibliography

Character List

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022621
Author:
Dunstan, Helen
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
China - History - Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Subject:
China Politics and government 1644-1912.
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
History-Asia - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
273
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 tables; one map; two line drawings
Pages:
523
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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