Engineering China: Birth of the Developmental State, 1928–1937

C. Kirby William

in Becoming Chinese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924413 | DOI:
Engineering China: Birth of the Developmental State, 1928–1937

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This chapter examines the nature of the Nationalist party-state and the history of the developmental state in China during the period from 1928 to 1937. It argues that the Republican years witnessed the birth of a transformative Chinese state that would be the leading agent of industrialization. It contends that despite the right-wing social effects of many of its policies, the Nationalist government was the first modernizing state to plot out the integrated economic and industrial development of a reunified China.

Keywords: Nationalist party-state; developmental state; China; industrialization; social effects; economic development; industrial development

Chapter.  11832 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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