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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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Abolish the County to Establish the City (Fei xian wei shi)

Abolish the County to Establish the City (Fei xian wei shi)

(p.72) Chapter Four Abolish the County to Establish the City (Fei xian wei shi)
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is the first of two that describe how the Nationalist Government, influenced by the developmental ideas of Sun Yatsen, gained increasing power to shape urbanization. Local officials in Wuxi took advantage of new administrative laws to establish the Wuxi Municipal Planning Department in 1929. Although only in existence for one year, this took over responsibility for the construction and management of the built environment of the city. Urban plans envisaged continued expansion throughout the 1930s, while local officials intervened in building disputes, improved public services and tried to clean up the city. All this occurred with provincial level approval which illustrates how far central government priorities were shaping urbanization at the local level.

Keywords:   Wuxi Municipal Planning Department, Sun Yatsen, Huishan, advertising, license

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