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Modern China's Network Revolution: Chambers of Commerce and Sociopolitical Change in the Early Twentieth Century

Zhongping Chen


Chambers of commerce developed in China as a key part of its sociopolitical changes. In 1902, the first Chinese chamber of commerce appeared in Shanghai. By the time the Qing dynasty ended, over 1,000 general chambers, affiliated chambers, and branch chambers had been established throughout China. In this new work, the author examines Chinese chambers of commerce and their network development across Lower Yangzi cities and towns, as well as the nationwide arena. He details how they achieved increasing integration, and how their collective actions deeply influenced nationalistic, reformist, and ... More

Keywords: network theory, China, chambers of commerce, Shanghai, Lower Yangzi, social integration, Chinese society, Chinese business, Chinese politics, sociopolitical change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774093
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zhongping Chen, author