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China’s Silk Trade

Traditional Industry in the Modern World, 1842–1937

  • List of Tables, Figures, and Maps*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Technology of Silk
    • Mulberry Trees
    • Sericulture
    • Silk Reeling
    • Processing and Weaving
    • Modernization Redefined
  • 2. The State and Traditional Enterprise
    • The Imperial Silk Weaving Factories and the Kiangnan Silk Market
    • Weavers for the Imperial Factories
    • The Organization of Private Weaving
    • The Sprouts of Capitalism
  • 3. The Silk Export Trade
    • Foreign Trade before the Treaty Ports
    • General Trends, 1870–1937
    • The International Silk Market
  • 4. Foreign Trade and Domestic Growth
    • Growth in Kiangnan
    • Growth in Other Regions
    • The Silk Weaving Industry and the Domestic Market
  • 5. Foreign Trade and the Rural Economy
    • Bureaucratic Myths and Promotion of Sericulture
    • Economic Realities and the Peasant Household
    • Rural Commerce and Foreign Trade
  • 6. Foreign Trade and Modern Enterprise
    • Finance and Labor
    • Cocoon Hongs and Markets
    • Reform Measures
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary I: Chinese and Japanese Names and Terms
  • Glossary II: Types of Silk Fabrics
  • Index
  • * Tables, Figures, and Maps
    • Tables
      • 1. Mulberry Yields in Kiangnan
      • 2. Yields: Leaves to Cocoons
      • 3. Yields: Cocoons to Raw Silk
      • 4. Number of Looms in Imperial Factories during the Ch’ing
      • 5. Official Silk (Kuan-chüan) Collected in the Ming
      • 6. Soochow and Nanking Account Houses (Chang-fang)
      • 7. Raw Silk Prices at Canton, 1702–1799
      • 8. Raw Silk Exports from Canton and Shanghai, 1843–1858
      • 9. Raw Silk and Silk Fabric Exports from China, 1859–1937
      • 10. Silk and Tea as Percentage of Total Chinese Exports and Shanghai Exports, 1850–1930
      • 11. Raw Silk Exports from Shanghai, 1870–1925
      • 12. Steam Filatures as Percentage of Total White Silk Exports: Shanghai and Canton, 1895–1930
      • 13. White Raw Silk Exports, 1894–1932: Domestic and Steam Filature Silk
      • 14. Prices of White Raw Silk at Shanghai, 1862–1931
      • 15. Major Destinations of Shanghai Raw Silk Exports, 1870–1925
      • 16. Chinese and Japanese Raw Silk Exports, 1870–1937
      • 17. Estimates of Production of Cocoons by Provinces
      • 18. Estimates of the Growth and Composition of Cocoon Production, 1880–1926
      • 19. Estimates of Fresh Cocoons Used in Domestic and Filature Silk in Kiangnan, c. 1926
      • 20. Estimates of Cocoon Production in Chekiang
      • 21. Estimates of Number of Looms in Kiangnan, 1880–1930s
      • 22. Silk Guilds at Soochow
      • 23. Mulberry Acreage as Percentage of Total Cultivated Land in Chia-hsing and Hu-chou
      • 24. Mulberry Acreage and Households in Sericulture in Chekiang, c. 1933
      • 25. Annual Household Income and Expenditure, Kiangnan and Kwangtung, 1920s and 1930s
      • 26. Mulberry Acreage and Population in Sericulture in Kwangtung, c. 1923
      • 27. Steam Filatures in Shanghai, 1890–1936
      • 28. Steam Filatures in the Kiangnan Area, 1914–1928
    • Figures
      • 1. Picking Mulberry Leaves
      • 2. Sorting the Worms
      • 3. Reeling the Silk
      • 4. Weaving Silk on a Draw-Loom
      • 5. The Organization of the Silk Industry
      • 6. Chinese and Japanese Raw Silk Exports, 1870–1937
      • 7. Estimates of Growth and Composition of Cocoon Production, 1880–1926
      • 8. The Organization of the Silk Export Trade
    • Maps
      • 1. Silk-Producing Localities in Kiangnan (Republican Period)
      • 2. China: Silk-Producing Regions (Republican Period)

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