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State and Economy in Republican China

State and Economy in Republican China

A Handbook for Scholars, Volumes 1 and 2

Edited by William C. Kirby, Man-houng Lin, James Chin Shih, and David A. Pietz

ISBN 9780674003675

Publication date: 08/01/2001

This manual for students focuses on archival research in the economic and business history of the Republican era (1911–1949). Following a general discussion of archival research and research aids for the Republican period, the handbook introduces the collections of archives in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan that contain materials in the areas of economics and business, with data on the history of the archives, descriptions of their holdings, and publications on their collections.

The second half of the work consists of guided readings in Republican-era documents, such as government decrees, regulations, and business letters, with complete vocabulary lists and explanations of terms. Also included with the handbook are facsimile reproductions of these documents.


  • William C. Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University, as well as Chair of the Harvard China Fund and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. His many books include Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth.
  • Man-houng Lin is Professor at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica.
  • James Chin Shih is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and History at Washington University, St. Louis.
  • David A. Pietz is Professor of Chinese History and Director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Arizona, where he also holds the UNESCO Chair in Environmental History.

Book Details

  • 528 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center