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The Economic Basis Of Unity And Division In Chinese History

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The history of public works is of unique value in estimating the economic basis of unity and division in Chinese history. By using the concept of a key economic area, it is possible to analyze the function of the economic base, as providing the fulcrum for the political control of subordinate economic areas in China. The regional economic geography has influenced the history of the peasant revolts of China both by providing a focus of rebellion and by restricting or augmenting the chances of success. By clarifying the course of development of public works for water-control, the concept of the key economic area illuminates a most significant feature in the historical processes of the whole semi-feudal period of Chinese history. The opening of China closed an epoch in its history, and new concepts must be formulated to describe new relationships and analyze new conditions.

Keywords: Chinese history; division; economic base; key economic area; rebellion; regional economic geography; revolts; semi-feudal period; unity



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