Part history, part biography, and part mystery story, SmokelessSugar traces the formation of a national economy in China throughan intriguing investigation of the 1936 execution of an allegedlycorrupt Cantonese official. Feng Rui, a Western-educated agriculturalexpert, introduced modern sugar milling to China in the 1930s as a keycomponent in a provincial investment program. Before long, however, hewas accused of colluding with smugglers to pass foreign sugar off as adomestic product. Emily Hill makes the case that Feng was, in fact, ascapegoat in a multi-sided power struggle in which political leadersvied with commercial players for access to China's markets and taxrevenues.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
This is a very impressive work ... It uses the career and execution of Feng Rui as a way of analyzing several key themes in modern Chinese history - regional and national politics in the 1930s, the role of the state in fostering industrialization, international trading issues and development, and the problems associated with transforming agriculture in China. Hill's scholarship is excellent; she has thoroughly combed the Chinese sources.
- Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945