This volume explores early-modern formations of economic thought and policy in a country widely regarded as having followed a unique, non-Western path to capitalism. In discussing such topics as money and the state, freedom and control, national interest ideology, shogunal politics and networks, case studies of the Saga Domain and Ryukyu Kingdom, Confucian banking, early Meiji entrepreneurship, and relationships between macroeconomic fluctuations and policy, the essays here deepen and revise our understanding of early-modern Japan. They also enlarge and refine the analytical vocabulary for describing early-modern economic thought and policy, thereby raising issues of interest to scholars of world history and economic thought outside of Japan or East Asia.
Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan
Ulrich Theobald, Tübingen University
In his book War Finance and Logistics in Late Imperial China, Ulrich Theobald analyzes how the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911) laid the organizational base for the spectacular expansion of its territory.
Edited by Nanny Kim, SOAS, London and Keiko Nagase-Reimer, Technical University Berlin
Mining, Monies, and Culture in Early Modern Societies presents empirical research on mining and metallurgy in the context of monetary metals, as well as the effects of money in government and everyday life; employing a range of inter-disciplinary approaches.
Shelley Ching-yu Hsieh, National Cheng Kung University, in collaboration with May Hsin-mei Huang, Lydia Yu-Ling Chang, Sophia Chen-Ying Wu, and Carrie Hsin-Wen Tseng
Gold and Jade Filled Halls: A Cognitive Linguistic Study of Financial and Economic Expressions in Chinese and German provides various linguistic vehicles, such as gold, the stock market, animals, and plants to observe daily expressions which benefit cultural communication and language learning.
Hans Ulrich Vogel, Tübingen University
In Marco Polo was in China Hans Ulrich Vogel undertakes a thorough study of Yuan currencies, salts and revenues, by comparing Marco Polo manuscripts with Chinese sources and thus offering new evidence for the Venetian’s stay in Khubilai Khan’s empire.
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