Agricultural Instability in China, 1931-1990: Weather, Technology, and Institutions

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byY. Y. Kueh

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China is particularly dependent upon her agricultural surplus for financing her ambitious industrialization programme, but the performance of the agricultural sector of the economy has been extremely unstable throughout the twentieth century. Professor Kueh provides a scholarly andauthoritative account of this vital part of the Chinese economy during the period 1931-1990, based upon detailed statistical data and other sources of material. Professor Kueh has achieved a unique analysis of the interrelationships between natural, economic, and institutional factors, which lie at the heart of China's agricultural performance. He describes policy changes, technological advances, and natural factors such as climactic conditions, anddistinguishes the effect of each factor in the varying level of agricultural production.The strength of this book lies not only in its collection and analysis of data but in the innovative methodological process used, including the construction of a `weather index', which will be invaluable not only for Chinese studies scholars but also for those wishing to undertake similar work forother countries.

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China is particularly dependent upon her agricultural surplus for financing her ambitious industrialization programme, but the performance of the agricultural sector of the economy has been extremely unstable throughout the twentieth century. Professor Kueh provides a scholarly andauthoritative account of this vital part of the Chinese...

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China has always been heavily dependent on its agricultural surplus in order to finance its ambitious industrialization programme. Yet the performance of the agricultural sector has been extremely unstable throughout the twentieth century. Professor Kueh's work is a scholarly and authoritative account of this vital part of the Chinese ...

Y. Y. Kueh is at Lingnan College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198287771

ISBN - 13:9780198287773

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`a comprehensive rendering of his work investigating temporal and spatial instability of agricultural production in China, with an emphasis on grain. ... As the debate on China's grain self-sufficiency continues, Y Y Kueh has provided a reasoned and comprehensive analysis which draws attentionto the main factors associated with increased production and agricultural instability in the past, and which will remain important in the future.'The Journal of Asian Studies, vol.56.1