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By Hugh R. Clark

The examine strains the industrial and demographic heritage of a nook of China's southeast coast from the 3rd to the 13th centuries, taking a look at the connection among adjustments within the agrarian and concrete economies of the realm and their connections to the increasing function of family and international alternate. It offers a formerly unexplored standpoint at the position of commercialized construction and alternate in a local financial system within the premodern period and demonstrates that alternate used to be in a position to force swap in a premodern economic climate in a manner that has now not in general been famous.

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Community, Trade, and Networks: Southern Fujian Province from the Third to the Thirteenth Century

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Zhangpu xian and Datong chang embraced agriculturally productive areas of the south coast; Datong also projected back to the interior river valleys, including the north fork of the Jiulong River, where Wude chang was later to be established. We do not know just how the population of the two areas was distributed; in the case of Datong, we know that it embraced four townships as of 804, but we do not even know their distribution. We do know, however, that in later centuries settlement was heaviest on the fertile coastal plain surrounding the urban cores and can project that early settlement, attracted by the agricultural potential of heretofore undeveloped land, reflected the same pattern.

Yet it might be wrong to dismiss his description entirely; implicit in the account is that Taolin served as a market center for the surrounding population. This is a theme echoed in a more modest appraisal of Xiaoqi chang compiled a century later by Zhan Dunren: "fin Xiaoqi] the stores are arranged in order, trading what they have for what they lack. "24 It would, of course, be entirely logical that market towns would concurrently be designated as tax collection stations. In the former function , they would serve as gathering points for much of the surrounding population on market days.

50 This brief passage gives no hint of whether Zhao was seeking to facilitate access to long-distance traders, to coastal traders, or merely to local peasants who may have been bringing foodstuffs from the south side of the Jin River to the emerging city ofJinjiang. In the absence of any other supporting material one cannot take this as evidence of the first possibility. A second tantalizing scrap of information is a poem by Bao He, a literatus of the late eighth century, entitled "Sending the Esteemed Master Li to Quanzhou": The land by the sea lies beyond the realm of civilization, But the matched tally earns the Han official respect.

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