Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

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1. Historical Overview

Ancient China created impressive foundations of economic and social statistics in the service of tax levies and state administration. There is evidence of this fact from before the Common Era. Population numbers and data on the area of arable land are available for many years following the year 2 and became more detailed over subsequent centuries.…

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Scharping, Thomas, “Statistics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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