A Critical Survey of Recent Research in Chinese Economic History
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||A Critical Survey of Recent Research in Chinese Economic History|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Journal||The Economic History ReviewNew Series|
Chinese economic history during the premodern period is subject to a lasting debate. The debate has intensified since the Second World War, with increasingly divergent views which can be grouped in nine main schools of thought. The vital problem to be resolved is a paradox presented by China's early socio-economic supremacy and its late failure in modern growth in comparison with western Europe. The real challenge comes from how to embrace numerous variables, none constant, in a theoretical framework to explain how rational choices led a sophisticated economy to a developmental dead end.