The State in Commerce

Wen-hsin Yeh

in Shanghai Splendor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249714
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933422 | DOI:
The State in Commerce

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In the 1920s, a new elite emerged in Shanghai. With the weakening of the state during the Republican era, the expanding networks enabled both the middle class and the petty urbanites to run the city and look after their needs. China's Republican governments, especially the Nationalists in the 1920s and 1930s, functioned to regulate, represent, reform, and repress. The imperial court drew up the first set of nationality laws in 1909 and established the rules defining property rights. It represented “Chinese” interest in international commercial treaties and was instrumental, along with the new entrepreneurs, in facilitating the standardization of business practices all across China.

Keywords: Shanghai; China; Republican era; Nationalists; property rights; commercial treaties

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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