Nourish the People
The State Civilian Granary System in China, 1650–1850
With James Lee; Contributions by Jean C. Oi and Peter C. 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.
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