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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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Threads of Silk

Threads of Silk

Economic Recovery in Occupied Wuxi

(p.127) Chapter Seven Threads of Silk
Urbanizing China in War and Peace

Toby Lincoln

University of Hawai'i Press

Having described the urbanization of the city and the countryside in Wuxi and the county’s integration into the regional urban system, the book now looks at its recovery under Japanese occupation. Chapter seven explores the revival of the silk industry between 1938 and 1941. Wuxi’s recovery was built on the re-establishment of the link to international markets via Shanghai that had been the basis of its prosperity for so long. Sericulture recovered very quickly because farming households had the support of local officials, and were able to smuggle cocoons to the International Settlement as well as being forced to sell to the Japanese managed Central China Sericulture Company. Economic opportunities caused the development of household silk filatures across the countryside, and this new industry drove continuing urbanization, while limiting Japanese attempts to monopolize economic production.

Keywords:   silk, invasion, sericulture, filature, Central China Sericulture Company

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