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

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

by Emily M. Hill
 

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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

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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 case that Feng was, in fact, a scapegoat in a multi-sided power struggle 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774816540
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
12/16/2011
Series:
Contemporary Chinese Studies Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Parks M. Coble
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.

Robert Y. Eng
A well—reasoned and documented exoneration of the unjustly executed agricultural reformer Feng Rui. Hill’s book is the first detailed English—language account of a remarkable program of state economic planning in Guangdong during the 1930s, which laid the foundations for the Communist government’s economic restructuring of the region in the 1950s.

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