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Hankow: Commerce and Society in a Chinese City, 1796-1889
This is the first volume of a two-volume social history of the commercial hub of central China in the nineteenth century. The emphasis here is on the dynamism of late imperial commerce, the relation of the metropolis to the hinterland, and the corporate institutions of the city, notably its guilds. The second volume, Hankow: Conflict and Community in a Chinese City, 1796-1 ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Stanford Univ Pr
(first published October 1984)
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In his two volume study of the central Chinese city of Hankou, William T. Rowe seeks to revise the scholarly debate on the pre-industrial Chinese city (as of his writing in the 1980s), and argue that Chinese cities were far more dynamic places of trade and autonomous social, political, and economic power than previously acknowledged by Western scholarship. Rowe is directly responding to the theories put forth by Henri Pirenne and Max Weber that it was in the early modern European commune-city, w ...more