Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog.
Note: Contents data are machine generated based on pre-publication provided by the publisher. Contents may have variations from the printed book or be incomplete or contain other coding.
Contents Tables, Maps, and Figures x Weights, Measures, and Units of Currencyx ii Abbreviations and Citation Conventionsxii i Introduction 1 Part I Private-Sector Stockpiling: State Versus Hoarder 1 Legal Ambiguity, Coercive Practice 15 What the Law Had to Say 17 Controlling Merchant Speculators Through Statistics 31 Beatings and Forced Sales 41 2 The Subtler Ways of Handling Hoarders 55 Enter the Banner Grain Bureaus 58 Civility in Place of Chastisement 69 When the Strong Arm Menaced Landlords 84 3 Interventionism Questioned 91 A 1748 Manifesto Against the Busybody State 95 Contra Price Controls and Grain Export Embargoes 103 "Laws Should be Obeyed" 115 The Speculator Vindicated 129 How Market-Conscious Qing Officials Thought the Market Worked 140 Part II Public-Sector Stockpiling: The State As Hoarder? 4 The Issues in the Ever-Normal Granaries Debate 151 Storage and Rotation Quotas 154 Granary Restocking and Grain Price Inflation 166 The First Extreme Opponents of Official Buying 181 Was There a Grain Trade Lobby? 189 5 A Sage and His Advisors: 1738-43 193 Fanfare for an Innovation 194 From Zeal to Disappointment 208 The First Retreat 214 Resistance to the 1743 Retreat 225 The Radicals Rebuffed 235 6 Overt and Covert: 1744-47 246 1744 Versus 1743: The Patterns in the Reset Targets 247 From Obedient Modesty to Ambiguous Ambition 253 Studentship Sales, Once More the Panacea 264 The Ever-Normal System on the Brink277 The Rebirth of Controversy 284 Examining the Figures 294 7 The Grand Discussion: 1748-49 309 The Quest for Wisdom on the Sources of Inflation 310 How the Vote Went 314 The Granaries' Defenders 322 Ambivalence Where Least Expected 333 The Granaries' Accusers 340 8 The Slashing of the Targets 348 The Options for Reform 349 Let There Be Cuts! 354 The Conservative Settlement of Early 1749 357 Why Did the Committee Cook the Books? 382 9 Of Loose Ends and Parallel Developments 406 Knowing Where to Stop 408 Let Able-Bodied Famine Refugees Fend for Themselves! 416 Exit the Banner Grain Bureaus 429 The Landowners' Tax Holiday 445 Beat the Presumptuous to Death! 453 Conclusion: Political Economy or Political Process? 465 Appendix Appendix: Chronology of the Granaries Debate 485 Reference Matter Bibliography 491 Glossary 505 Index 511
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
China -- Economic policy -- 1644-1912.
China -- Politics and government -- 1644-1912.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912.