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Laws and Economics of Confucianism : Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England

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"Tying together cultural history, legal history, and institutional economics, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England offers a novel argument as to why Chinese and English pre-industrial economic development went down different paths. The dominance of Neo-Confucian social hierarchies in Late Imperial and Republican China, under which advanced age and generational seniority were the primary determinants of sociopolitical status, allowed many poor but senior individuals to possess status and political authority highly disproportionate to their wealth. In comparison, landed wealth was a fairly strict prerequisite for high status and authority in the far more 'individualist' society of early modern England, essentially excluding low-income individuals from secular positions of prestige and leadership. Zhang argues that this social difference had major consequences for property institutions and agricultural production"--
Number of Pages: 308
Genre: Business + Money Management
Sub-Genre: Property, Confucianism
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Taisu Zhang
Language: English
Street Date: October 12, 2017
TCIN: 53064385
UPC: 9781107141117
Item Number (DPCI): 248-54-2895
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