China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - "Rules in the City": Real Estate, Financial Ventures and the State in Beijing Under the Qing

Friday, March 23
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 4, Exhibit Level

This contribution will shed light on the workings of the real estate market in urban contexts. It will be centered on Beijing, the imperial capital, for which the specifics of the legal framing of real estate transactions will first be detailed. Among others, this presentation will highlight the central role played by the Eight Banners’ local institutional network in handling such transactions and ensuring their legal character. An analysis of a series of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fraud cases related to urban properties will follow, which will allow for an unprecedented rendering of the complexities of the economic environment of the imperial capital during the early and high Qing period, especially with regard to the financial ventures of investors in the realm of urban real estate, whether they were institutional entities or private individuals representing larger family interests. In a last section, the contribution will describe how state institutions strove to frame through specific regulations the evolution of financial investment methods and of criminal practices linked to them. In the context of the late imperial period, in which a Commercial Code in the strict sense did not exist, the description will pinpoint the importance of regulations enacted by local authorities and the way these were in turn progressively integrated into the compendia of administrative rules of the central boards concerned by these issues, highlighting the multilayered dimension of the imperial regime’s legislative process.

Luca Gabbiani

École française d'Extrême-Orient, Ile-de-France, France

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