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Urbanizing China in War and PeaceThe Case of Wuxi County$
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Toby Lincoln

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841003

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841003.001.0001

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The “Little Shanghai”

The “Little Shanghai”

Urbanization of Wuxi City

(p.17) Chapter One The “Little Shanghai”
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter one describes how Wuxi became the largest industrial city in China outside treaty ports. Leading local industrialists took advantage of the city’s links to Shanghai and the global economy to invest in industries such as flour, rice and silk. New factories, shops, libraries and other infrastructure transformed the urban landscape and caused the expansion of the city, particularly to the north between the old walls and the new railway station. All this industrial and commercial development attracted people to Wuxi, which grew in population as well as size. The chapter concludes by describing the daily lives of workers, who made up the majority of the city’s population. It concentrates on the home and the workplace in factories and other businesses, and describes street life during festivals such as Chinese New Year, when workers had most free time.

Keywords:   factory, dormitory, silk, grain, rice, festival

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