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Title: The land question in 21st century China : four camps and five scenarios
Authors: Zhan, Shaohua
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Zhan, S. (2020). The land question in 21st century China : four camps and five scenarios. New Left Review, 122, 115-133.
Journal: New Left Review
Abstract: In 1709, the Kangxi Emperor alerted his officials to a ‘serious problem’. ‘It has been nearly 68 years since our dynasty [the Qing] was established. The people have lived in peace and the population has grown by the day, yet the acreage of farmland has not increased accordingly. One person’s land is now farmed by several families. How can they make an adequate living?’, the Emperor asked, and went on to stress: ‘We must find solutions.’1 At the time, China’s population was between 100 and 150 million, the highest it had ever been, but this was only the beginning of a long period of steady demographic growth. A century later, the country had 360 million inhabitants.2 This was an era of general prosperity for Imperial China, yet the problem of supporting a large and growing population with limited farmland posed an unrelenting challenge to Kangxi and his successors.
ISSN: 0028-6060
Rights: © 2020 New Left Review. All rights reserved. This paper was published in New Left Review and is made available with permission of New Left Review.
Fulltext Permission: open
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