Smokeless Sugar: The Death of a Provincial Bureaucrat and the Construction of China's National Economy

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Part history, part biography, and part mystery story, Smokeless Sugar traces the formation of a national economy in China through an intriguing investigation of the 1936 execution of an allegedly corrupt Cantonese official. Feng Rui, a Western-educated agricultural expert, introduced modern sugar milling to China in the 1930s as a key component in a provincial investment program. Before long, however, he was accused of colluding with smugglers to pass foreign sugar off as a domestic product. Emily Hill makes the...
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Overview


Part history, part biography, and part mystery story, Smokeless Sugar traces the formation of a national economy in China through an intriguing investigation of the 1936 execution of an allegedly corrupt Cantonese official. Feng Rui, a Western-educated agricultural expert, introduced modern sugar milling to China in the 1930s as a key component in a provincial investment program. Before long, however, he was accused of colluding with smugglers to pass foreign sugar off as a domestic product. Emily Hill makes the case that Feng was, in fact, a scapegoat in a multi-sided power struggle in which political leaders vied with commercial players for access to China's markets and tax revenues.
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This is a very impressive work ... It uses the career and execution of Feng Rui as a way of analyzing several key themes in modern Chinese history - regional and national politics in the 1930s, the role of the state in fostering industrialization, international trading issues and development, and the problems associated with transforming agriculture in China. Hill's scholarship is excellent; she has thoroughly combed the Chinese sources.
- Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774816540
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Series: Contemporary Chinese Studies Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,148,788
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 1 The Formation of Agricultural Expertise: Feng Rui's Education and Early Career 2 Public Service in Guangdong, 1931-36: Economic Nationalism and Provincial Planning 3 Rice and Revenue: Guangdong's "Benefit Agriculture" Import Taxes 4 White Sugar: Global Business and Provincial Enterprises 5 Bitter Experiences with Sugarcane 6 Brokers, Smugglers, and the Official Sugar Monopoly, 1934-36 7 National Reunification and the Punishment of Feng Rui 8 Provincial Sugar Industry Programs, 1945-58 Conclusion: Shaping China's Economic Nation on the Eve of War Notes Bibliography Index
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