Title

Guarding Beijing's Food Security In The Qing Dynasty: State, Market, And Police

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-1999

Published In

Journal Of Asian Studies

Abstract

Lillian M. Li and Alison Dray-Novey examine the different strategies the Qing state employed to ensure the food supply of Beijing in order to preserve the security of the capital. The authors show that the state relied on a variety of institutional mechanisms to supply the different groups comprising the capital's population and that it was particularly successful during the eighteenth century. They also draw instructive comparisons between Qing efforts to provision Beijing and the policies and methods used in Paris and Edo.

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