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Trade and Economy in Preindustrial East Asia, c. 1500-c. 1800: East Asia in the Age of Global Integration

John Lee
The Journal of Asian Studies
Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 1999), pp. 2-26
DOI: 10.2307/2658387
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2658387
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Abstract

John Lee engages the work of two Japanese scholars who argue for a singularly Japanese path to modern economic growth: Kawakatsu Heita and his claim that foreign trade was far more significant for the Tokugawa economy than is generally believed and Akira Hayami and his notion of Japan's "industrious revolution." He takes issue with their views on the uniqueness of Japanese development by pointing to the economies of other parts of Asia that shared many features in common with the Japanese economy. Specifically, he alludes to the similarities with the Chinese economy, even as he highlights differences in the way the state in Qing China and Tokugawa Japan addressed economic growth and development.

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