Agricultural Development in Qing China: A Quantitative Study, 1661-1911

Shi Zhihong, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Biographical note

SHI Zhihong, gained his PhD from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1988. He is currently a Senior Researcher and Professor of Chinese Economic History at the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Professor SHI is the author of several monographs and many articles on China’s agricultural and financial history.
 

Readership

All interested in the history of the Qing dynasty of China, and anyone interested in agricultural developments.

Table of contents

Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Emperors of the Qing Dynasty
Chinese Terms
Weights and Measures Used during the Qing Dynasty
Maps of China

0 Introduction
 0.1 Origins of this Book
 0.2 Historical Data Used
 0.3 Research Approach
 0.4 Previous Studies

1 Cultivated Land Area
 1.1 Why Official Qing Records are Not Accurate
 1.2 Actual Area of Land Cultivated during the Qing Dynasty

2 Grain Production: Per Unit Yield and Total Output
 2.1 Average Yield of Grain Crops
 2.2 Total Output of Grain

3 Grain Output Value
 3.1 Grain Price Data Used in this Study
 3.2 Value of Grain Output in Various Periods of the Qing Dynasty
 3.3 Production Cost and Value Added from Grain Production

4 Non-Grain Output Values and Total Agricultural Value
 4.1 Cash-Crop Output Value
 4.2 Output Value of Non-Crop-Based Agricultural Production and Gross Added Values of Overall Agriculture in the Qing Dynasty

5 Development and Underdevelopment of Agriculture in the Qing Dynasty
 5.1 The Zenith of Traditional Agriculture in China
 5.2 Limitations of Agricultural Development in the Qing Dynasty

Appendix A: Population
Appendix B: Cultivated Area
Appendix C: Yield Per Unit Area
Appendix D: Agrarian Structure, Rural Actors and Their Interaction in the System of Agricultural Production During the Qing Dynasty: Land Ownership, Peasants, Landlords and the State

References
Index

ISBN13: 9789004354920
E-ISBN: 9789004355248
Publication Date: October 2017
Format: Hardback
Publication Type: Book
Imprint: BRILL
Language: English, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional / complex
 
Main Series: Global Economic History Series
Sub Series: The Quantitative Economic History of China
ISSN: 2405-870X
Volume: 14/3
 

More information on the Chinese version of the book is available in the link below
清代农业的发展和不发展(1661~1911年)

The Quantification of The Agricultural Revolution: A Review of Shi Zhihong’s

when 2015
who Bas van Leeuwen
Zhang Zipeng
what journal Researches in Chinese Economic History (中国经济史研究)
what paper The Quantification of The Agricultural Revolution: A Review of Shi Zhihong’s (农业革命的量化——评史志宏《清代农业生产指标的估计》)
language Chinese

involved project member(s)

Bas van Leeuwen Zhang Zipeng
   

abstract

农业发展是历史研究,或者更确切地说,经济史研究中最重要的领域之一。譬如农业生产率的提高被视为推升英格兰工业化水平的一个重要原因。此外,前近代社会由于经济规模较小,农业在其福利和税收方面都扮演着重要角色。因此,几个世纪以来,许多所谓传统学派的学者试图对农业总产出进行量化。随着城市化的兴起,出现了另一种学派,着重研究农业变动的社会和文化涵义。不过,传统学派的重要地位一直延续至今。在中国,农业的定量研究同样是许多大讨论的基础。譬如最近兴起的大分流讨论,即针对18至19世纪中国相对于西欧的经济地位,其中农业部门增长或衰退的争论便是其中的主要问题之一。史志宏研究员在其《清代农业生产指标的估计》一文中,对清代中国农业的数据进行了系统化的收集和分析,堪称这一领域最全面的研究成果,必将对农业史和经济史的研究产生重大影响。

keywords

农业,中国,英格兰,清代

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