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China’s Long-Term Economic Development

How Have Economy and Governance Evolved since 500 BC?

Hongjun Zhao

This book examines the evolution of Chinese governmental governance and its long-lasting impact on Chinese economic development, firstly by examining the formation of Chinese style governance, the core contents of this governance and its vitality compared to other governance patterns in Chinese history. Secondly, this book discusses the effectiveness of this governance in supporting economic development before the Song dynasty and its failure in serving economic development during the past three to five centuries. Ultimately, Hongjun Zhao predicts the direction Chinese governance will take in the next 20 years.
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Chapter 6: Chinese climatic and environmental changes after the tenth century and their impacts on the Chinese governance pattern

Hongjun Zhao

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This chapter discusses Chinese climatic and environmental changes after the tenth century and their impacts on the Chinese governance pattern such as changes of comparative power between the nomadic tribes and the Han nation, the southward shift of the population and economic center in China, and challenges to the governance pattern. Finally, the author compares the influencing mechanism, countermeasures and enlightenment regarding climatic and environmental change in ancient and modern times.

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