Nourish the People

The State Civilian Granary System in China, 1650–1850
Pierre-Etienne Will and R. Bin Wong; With James Lee; Contributions by Jean Oi and Peter Perdue
An exhaustive analysis of the Chinese state civilian granary system by a team of scholars


The Qing state, driven by Confucian precepts of good government and urgent practical needs, committed vast resources to its granaries. Nourish the People traces the basic practices of this system, analyzes the organizational bases of its successes and failures, and examines variant practices in different regions. The volume concludes with an assessment of the granary system’s social and economic impact and historical comparison with the food supply policies of other states.
Pierre-Etienne WILL is Directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
R. Bin WONG is Distinguished Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles.

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  • 638 pages.
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  • Paper
  • 1991
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  • 978-0-89264-091-1

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  • 978-0-472-90182-1

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