The Making of the Modern Chinese State

Cement, Legal Personality and Industry

  • Humphrey Ko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Analysing the Challenges to the Ancient Empire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
  3. Transplanting the Corporate Idea into Imperial China

  4. The Making of a Modern Incorporated Government

  5. The Making of Modern Incorporated Companies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-172
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-258

About this book


This text addresses the corporate causes of the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the emergence of modern Republican China. Weaving together political, legal and business histories, it focuses on the key relationship between China, cement and corporations, and demonstrates how the particular circumstances of cement manufacturing in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China serve to illuminate key aspects of Chinese political economy and illustrate the importance of legal frameworks in the emergence of industrial enterprises. Examining the centrality of legal personality in China’s historical story, seen from the angle of cement manufacturing corporations, it offers an alternative historical perspective on the making of the modern Chinese States and delves into the involvement of larger-than-life historical figures of modern China such as Yuan Shikai, Chiang Kai-shek and the revolutionary and the father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, in the unfolding of these events.


Western concept of legal personality development of early Chinese corporations early cement producing businesses in China evolutionary study of legal or corporate personality in China History of China's Modern Industry emergence of modern Republican China

Authors and affiliations

  • Humphrey Ko
    • 1
  1. 1.University China CentreOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2659-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2660-7
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