A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic by Gordon Kerr

By Gordon Kerr

From the beginnings of chinese language prehistory all through to web censorship, a accomplished advent to the sprawling background of this huge, immense country

An absorbing creation to greater than 4,000 years of chinese language historical past, this e-book tells the tales of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors, and philosophers who've formed this interesting and intricate kingdom. It describes the fantastic technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many thousands of years prior to comparable discoveries in Europe. It additionally investigates the chinese language view of the realm and examines the routine, aspirations, and philosophies that molded it and, in so doing, created the chinese language country. ultimately, the e-book examines the dramatic alterations of the previous couple of many years and the emergence of China as an fiscal and business 21st-century superpower.

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Although imported yarn did not win a large market there, Kiangnan handicraft weavers in the early twentieth century became the major purchasers of the output of the growing cotton mills of Shanghai. The adoption of machine-made yarn, moreover, strengthened the handicraft weaving industry as a whole. Cloth produced with a mixture of imported and handspun yarn was particularly suited in price and durability to the contemporary Chinese market. Spinning and weaving for household consumption with domestic raw cotton continued to be important in many areas of rural China, but a significant part of spinning for the market was displaced first by imported yarn and then by machine-made yarn from Chinese- and foreign-owned mills in the treaty ports.

In China the evidence supports the fact although not necessarily the interpretation handicraft workshops appeared in substantial numbers only after modern industries had been brought forth directly or indirectly by foreign investment, and then only as ancillaries to the mechanized factories. 15 Certain handicraft industries unable to compete with imported products, for example native iron and steel production in Hunan and Kiangsi, had nearly disappeared by the end of the nineteenth century. Others expanded in response to export demand during all or part of the four decades from 1870 to 1911.

Much of the machinery installed came from abroad, which is reflected in the fact that annual imports of tools and machinery in 1905-8 were more than double the annual value in 1895-1904. Machinery imports continued to grow after 1908, but the number of new enterprises opened fell sharply until the much larger industrialization spurt of 1918-22. These trends perhaps suggest increased capital investment in the privileged establishedfirmscombined with an increasing difficulty in entering the limited market for new firms.

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