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This front matter section of the book Key Papers on Chinese Economic History up to 1949 presents the table of contents, editor's acknowledgements, and introduction. The study of China's economic history in the West has not kept pace with our interest in the development of China as a modern economy. Economic relations between China and Japan changed towards the end of the nineteenth century. Trading relations continued but as Japan responded forcefully to attempts by the United States to open it to international trade it began to look to Taiwan, Korean, Manchuria and then China Proper for both raw materials and business opportunities. Industrialization had begun in the areas close to the treaty ports that Westerners had developed or in the Japanese controlled areas. China was still largely a peasant economy suffering from famine and other social problems after decades of war and political conflict.

Keywords: business opportunities; Chinese economic history; Japan; political conflict; trading relations; United States



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