Category: Lectures / Readings
Development Versus Stagnation: Technological Continuity and Agricultural Progress in Pre-modern China
This volume examines the subject of technological development, particularly agricultural development, in order to evaluate whether China suffered all-round technological stagnation.
This paper outlines how different segments of the Grand Canal were built in the Ming and Qing periods. The Ming government decided to rebuild the canal because of the complications of long-distance trade between northern and central China during the 14th century.