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The Resource Railroads and the transformation of China, Elisabeth Köll

Railroads and the transformation of China, Elisabeth Köll

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Railroads and the transformation of China
Title
Railroads and the transformation of China
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Elisabeth Köll
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As a vehicle to convey both the history of modern China and the complex forces still driving the nation's economic success, rail has no equal. Railroads and the Transformation of China is the first comprehensive history, in any language, of railroad operation from the last decades of the Qing Empire to the present. China's first fractured lines were built under semicolonial conditions by competing foreign investors. The national system that began taking shape in the 1910s suffered all the ills of the country at large: warlordism and Japanese invasion, Chinese partisan sabotage, the Great Leap Forward when lines suffered in the "battle for steel," and the Cultural Revolution, during which Red Guards were granted free passage to "make revolution" across the country, nearly collapsing the system. Elisabeth Köll's expansive study shows how railroads survived the rupture of the 1949 Communist revolution and became an enduring model of Chinese infrastructure expansion. The railroads persisted because they were exemplary bureaucratic institutions. Through detailed archival research and interviews, Köll builds case studies illuminating the strength of rail administration. Pragmatic management, combining central authority and local autonomy, sustained rail organizations amid shifting political and economic priorities. As Köll shows, rail provided a blueprint for the past forty years of ambitious, semipublic business development and remains an essential component of the PRC's politically charged, technocratic economic model for China's future.--
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1965-
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Köll, Elisabeth
Dewey number
385.0951
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Harvard studies in business history
Series volume
52
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  • Railroads
  • Railroads and state
  • Infrastructure (Economics)
Label
Railroads and the transformation of China, Elisabeth Köll
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Competing interests and railroad construction: Technology and semicolonial ventures -- Managing transitions in the early Republic -- Part II. Railroads in the market and social space: Moving goods in the marketplace -- Moving people, transmitting ideas -- Part III. The making and the unmaking of the state: Professionalizing and politicizing the railroads -- Crisis management -- Part IV. On track to socialism: Postwar reorganization and expansion -- Permanent revolution and continuous reform -- Conclusion: The legacies of China's railroad system
Control code
on1023093341
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674368170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1023093341
Label
Railroads and the transformation of China, Elisabeth Köll
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Competing interests and railroad construction: Technology and semicolonial ventures -- Managing transitions in the early Republic -- Part II. Railroads in the market and social space: Moving goods in the marketplace -- Moving people, transmitting ideas -- Part III. The making and the unmaking of the state: Professionalizing and politicizing the railroads -- Crisis management -- Part IV. On track to socialism: Postwar reorganization and expansion -- Permanent revolution and continuous reform -- Conclusion: The legacies of China's railroad system
Control code
on1023093341
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674368170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1023093341

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