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Smokeless Sugar
The Death of a Provincial Bureaucrat and the Construction of China's National Economy
Emily M. Hill  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 10/20/2010
ISBN: 978-0-7748-1653-3    


$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 11/1/2011
ISBN: 978-0-7748-1654-0    


336 Pages



Contemporary Chinese Studies series

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About the Book

Part political biography, part economic history, and part murder mystery, Smokeless Sugar sheds new light on regional and national politics and state-led industrialization in Republican China by investigating the mysterious execution of a Cantonese official in 1936.

Feng Rui, a Western-educated agricultural expert, introduced modern sugar milling in Guangdong in the 1930s as a key component in a program of light industrialization sponsored by the provinceís ruler, Chen Jitang. Following Chenís removal, however, Feng was accused of colluding with smugglers for passing off foreign sugar as a domestic product and was found guilty of corruption. Examining the truth behind the allegations against Feng Rui, Emily Hill makes the case that Feng was, in fact, a scapegoat in a multi-sided power struggle in which political leaders vied with commercial players for access to China's markets and tax revenues.

This compelling study of a Chinese official examines his role as a broker between regions and economic sectors and private trade and public policy. Emily Hill uncovers Feng Ruiís role in the conceptual and material construction of Chinaís modern economy and argues that his work helped to lay the foundations for Chinaís state-led industrialization program after 1949.


About the Author(s)

Emily M. Hill is an associate professor of history at Queenís University.


Table of Contents

Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Measurements
Note on Transliteration and Translations

Introduction

1 The Formation of Agricultural Expertise: Feng Ruiís Education and Early Career
2 Public Service in Guangdong, 1931-36: Economic Nationalism and Provincial Planning
3 Rice and Revenue: Guangdong's "Benefit Agriculture" Import Taxes
4 White Sugar: Global Business and Provincial Enterprises
5 Bitter Experiences with Sugarcane
6 Brokers, Smugglers, and the Official Sugar Monopoly, 1934-36
7 National Reunification and the Punishment of Feng Rui
8 Provincial Sugar Industry Programs, 1945-58

Conclusion: Shaping Chinaís Economic Nation on the Eve of War

Notes
Bibliography
Index


Reviews

"Smokeless Sugar is a significant contribution to Chinese business history of 1920s and 1930s, and provides a close study of an early example of state-sponsored industrialization that has since become the norm in China."
-- Sucheta Mazumdar, The China Quarterly, 210, June 2012

"This is a very impressive work ... It uses the career and execution of Feng Rui as a way of analyzing several key themes in modern Chinese history -- regional and national politics in the 1930s, the role of the state in fostering industrialization, international trading issues and development, and the problems associated with transforming agriculture in China. Hillís scholarship is excellent; she has thoroughly combed the Chinese sources."
-- Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945

"The intricate detective work of Smokeless Sugar provides a well-reasoned and documented exoneration of the unjustly executed agricultural reformer Feng Rui. Hillís book is the first detailed English-language account of a remarkable program of state economic planning in Guangdong during the 1930s, which laid the foundations for the Communist governmentís economic restructuring of the region in the 1950s. One of her most important findings is the vital role of the state in economic development during the Republican period."
-- Robert Y. Eng, author of Economic Imperialism in China: Silk Production and Exports, 1861-1932


Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One


Related Topics

Asian Studies
History


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