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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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Wuxi Elites and Infrastructure

Wuxi Elites and Infrastructure

Urbanization of the Countryside

(p.38) Chapter Two Wuxi Elites and Infrastructure
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes how those same industrial families who were responsible for the urbanization of Wuxi City invested in industry and infrastructure in the countryside. It takes the example of Yanjiaqiao in the northeast of the county, which by the 1930s boasted several factories, many shops, electric lighting, and had urbanized to such an extent that it was known as the ‘Little Wuxi.’ In addition to establishing factories and other businesses, local entrepreneurs invested in rural infrastructure and tourist sites on the shores of Lake Tai. Descriptions of Wuxi in guidebooks and travel magazines show how writers recognized that the county as a whole was urbanizing rapidly. The chapter concludes by examining how changes in the daily lives of farmers in their homes and out in the fields mirrored to some extent those of their urban counterparts.

Keywords:   farmer, guidebook, Lake Tai, tourist, road, countryside

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