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Readings In Economics For China, Selected Materials With Explanatory Introductions

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PREFACE. This book has grown out of the work of the clttssroom and it is intended for the classroom. It does, however, deal with ... Weiterlesen
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PREFACE. This book has grown out of the work of the clttssroom and it is intended for the classroom. It does, however, deal with subjects in which the public has a lively interest and it is hoped that it may be of service to geueral readers both Chinese and foreign. Information about ecollomic conditions in China is furnished and, in addition, an attempt has been made to provide material that will make possible constant comparison of the East with the West and of one Eastern country with another. It is this material for comparison that is one of the chief reasons for hoping that a book by a Westerner will be really useful and will be favorably received in the educational institutions of China. It is frequently said that China is a republic in name only. This statement is true enough as far as it goes, but it has been made so frequently that the repetition of it is likely to obscure the fact, no less important, that the Chinese people have put behind them the autocratic political methods and organization of the past. China cannot, in all probability, go back to autocratic political methods she must go forward to something. Even if the Chinese people could go back to autocratic government it would help them only temporarily, if it helped them at all. Autocracy is deceptive for it gives the people a false sense ofsecurity. There seems to be no way in which the people of any country call put off indefinitely the task of finding for themselves the political organization that will enable them to live at peace Sincc there is a close connection between political and ecol omic organization, of which the government railways in China are an example, the things that have been said in the precedingparagraph about political organization have a direct application to a part of the general field of economics. But there is more to be said than this. The economic organization of China has been in part dominated by the nutoeratic political organization of the past, but for the greater part it has been and still is dominated by tradition and custom. Tradition may be as tyrannical a master in the economic field as is a royal autocrat in the political field. In China to-day custom and tradition are being questioned. They are being subjected to examination and criticism. Here also it maybe said that the Chinese people cannot go back to the methods of the past. They must go forward to something. Here also it may be said that there seems to be no way by which the people of any country can put off indefinitely the task of finding for themselves the economic and social organization that will enable them to attain prosperity and to advance in civilization and culture. This attempt must be made by intelligent search, by patient examination, by testing and weighing. There must be the spirit that is willing to try new ways and to turn the light of useful criticism upon the old. It is this criticism of custom and tradition, this building up of a new economic organization in China, that gives to economic study in this country to-day its absorbing interest and its great usefulness. foreigner who may be tempted to read this book, will find in it a selection of readings that will PREFACE iii enable him to understand something of the economic life of China. He must remember that the book was not compiled to explain China to the Westerner and he must judge the book accordingly. The thanks of the editorare here offered to those who have been of assistance to him...

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Titel: Readings In Economics For China, Selected Materials With Explanatory Introductions
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EAN: 9781408647974
ISBN: 1408647974
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Anzahl Seiten: 700
Gewicht: 877g
Größe: H216mm x B140mm x T40mm
Jahr: 2008

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