Chinese Studies in History, vol. 31, nos. 3-4, Spring-Summer 1998, pp. 65-94. © 1998 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved. ISSN 0009-4633/1998 $9.50 + 0.00.
This essay focuses on business history as the human dimension of commercial history, that is, how mercantile activity has been perceived by society; how merchants accumulate their capital; the relations among merchants and between merchants and government; how merchants manage their enterprises; and their rise or fall. Transportation, currency, and market structure will not be included. I will cover Taiwan studies of the Chinese mainland from 1600 to 1949, studies of Taiwan from 1600 to the present, and some studies of overseas Chinese.
Taiwanese studies of Chinese business history, as defined above, come mainly from the fields of history, sociology, business administration, and political science. Most such studies are university degree theses, which are available through Taiwan's Central Library or the Social Science____________________
Man-houng Lin is a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Institute of Modern History, Nangang, Taiwan.
A note on romanization: The Wade-Giles system is used for the names of authors and universities. As this system is standard in Taiwan, several names will already be known to readers in the Wade-Giles form. However, the pinyin system is used for place names, titles and publishers, which is in keeping with the romanization that is used elsewhere in this velume--Ed.
This author thanks Professors Bob Gardella, Andrea McElderry, Jane Leonard, and Philip A. Kuhn for their editorial comments.