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Zinc for coin and brass : bureaucrats, merchants, artisans, and mining laborers in Qing China, ca. 1680s-1830s

Author: Hailian Chen
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Monies, markets, and finance in East Asia, 1600-1900, volume 11
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"Hailian Chen's pioneering study presents the first comprehensive history of Chinese zinc--an essential base metal used to produce brass and coin and a global commodity--over the long eighteenth century. Zinc, she argues, played a far greater role in the Qing economy and in integrating China into an emerging global economy, than has previously been recognized. Using commodity chain analysis and exploring over 5,800  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Chen, Hailian, author.
Zinc for coin and brass
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018039487
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hailian Chen
ISBN: 9004383042 9789004383043
OCLC Number: 1055571016
Notes: Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--Universität Tübingen, 2018.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Place, space, and people --
Zinc: China's demand for a "useless" metal --
Entrepreneurs: the Qing state and merchants --
Mining policy, law, and practices --
Mining communities --
Zinc ores: calamine and blende --
Zinc mines --
Technology --
Output: Guizhou's global pre-eminence in zinc production --
Energy --
Transportation, and commercialization and consumption.
Series Title: Monies, markets, and finance in East Asia, 1600-1900, volume 11
Responsibility: by Hailian Chen.

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"Hailian Chen's pioneering study presents the first comprehensive history of Chinese zinc--an essential base metal used to produce brass and coin and a global commodity--over the long eighteenth century. Zinc, she argues, played a far greater role in the Qing economy and in integrating China into an emerging global economy, than has previously been recognized. Using commodity chain analysis and exploring over 5,800 items of archival documents, Chen demonstrates how this metal was produced, transported, traded, and consumed by human agents. Situating the zinc story within the human-environment framework, this book covers a broad and interdisciplinary range of political economy, material culture, environment, technology, and society, which casts new light on our understanding of early modern China"--

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