China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

(79) Approaches to Economic Reconstruction in China, 1930s-1950s

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 2, Exhibit Level

 The three decades of the 1930s-1950s were a time of intensive change in China, as the Japanese invasion was followed by the civil war and the Communist victory in 1949.  War and political transitions serve as conventional boundaries of historical periodization, but such boundaries can be interrogated and challenged by identifying the underlying structures and continuous views that run through them.  Focusing on industrial organizations, this panel investigates approaches to economic reconstruction dating from the pre-war or wartime periods that persisted through the tumultuous years that followed.  The panel presents three types of industrial organization: low-level local industrial cooperatives, a leading shipping company with a national reach, and the largest state-owned manufacturer of iron and steel.  All three originated in the pre-war or wartime period and navigated the political transitions of the postwar in pursuit of their visions of a stable and independent China.  Together, these archive-based studies argue for the resilience and continuity of economic ideas, management models, and above all, shared priorities for reconstruction that emerged from the wartime period and appealed across the political spectrum in subsequent years.

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Anne H. Reinhardt

Williams College, Massachusetts

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Margherita Zanasi

Louisiana State University, Louisiana

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Anne H. Reinhardt

Williams College, Massachusetts

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Yan Lu

University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire

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Margherita Zanasi

Louisiana State University, Louisiana

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