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Cities and Urbanization
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1. The Historical Point of Departure

The development of cities and the current urban system in China reflect, of course, different stages of economic and social development. Already at the beginning of the 17th century China had a quite differentiated urban system, which was based not only on the administrative hierarchy, but also on sustained growth in agricultural production, the development of handicrafts and domesti…

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Taubmann, Wolfgang, “Cities and Urbanization”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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