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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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Local Elites and the State

Local Elites and the State

Managing Wuxi during the Warlord Era

(p.55) Chapter Three Local Elites and the State
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

The book now turns to the role of the state in shaping urbanization, and argues that during the period of the Beiyang Government in the early 1920s, it was weak and therefore unable to influence the development of the city. During peacetime, local industrialists tried to establish a commercial settlement to the north of the city walls in a bid to attract investment into the city, and ensure continued prosperity. Since it was controlled by the Yang family, there were accusations of corruption, while there was never enough money to support its development. The chapter then describes how militia and relief organizations managed the impact of the Jiangsu-Zhejiang War on the city. Meanwhile, local officials were subordinate to the whims of the warlord Qi Xieyuan, and could even be replaced if they did not cooperate with him.

Keywords:   commercial settlement, Jiangsu-Zhejiang War, Yang Hanxi, siege, Qi Xieyuan

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