The Land Question in China: Agrarian Capitalism, Industrious Revolution, and East Asian Development

1st Edition

Shaohua Zhan

January 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415789103 - CAT# Y319276
Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series

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This book interrogates the inevitability and practicability of full-scale, land-intensive capitalist agriculture in China, whilst analysing the labour-intensive industrious revolution. Exploring these two possible rural development paths, it presents a detailed account of the rise of agrarian capitalism, one of the most important social changes taking place across the country.

The Land Question in China traces the roots of the industrious revolution in China back to the 18th century, drawing comparisons between contemporary rural development and economic prosperity in the mid-Qing dynasty. In the context of neoliberal restructuring, it argues that vigorous rural development with broad access to land may offer a solution to mitigate precarious urban employment and population pressure while the transfer of land from villagers to large producers and urban investors will exacerbate these problems. Comparisons with South Africa and the East Asian economies of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan further illustrate this, and help to develop a new interpretation of the industrious revolution and its contemporary relevance.

Providing a critical examination of the "new land reform" in China from a world historical perspective, this book will be useful to students and scholars of sociology, economics and development, as well as Chinese Studies.

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