- xiii, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- Additional Authors
- Tanimoto, Masayuki,Wong, Roy Bin,
- Contents: Toward the public goods provision in the early modern economy / Masayuki Tanimoto -- From "feudal" lords to local notables: the role of regional society in public goods provision from early modern to modern Japan / Masayuki Tanimoto -- Samurai and peasants in the civil administration of early modern Japan / Kenichiro Aratake -- Outsourcing the lord's finance: the origin of local public finance in early modern Japan / Kazuho Sakai -- Sanctions, targetism, and village autonomy: poor relief in early modern rural Japan / Mitsuo Kinoshita -- Coping with risk in the seventeenth century: the first age of the English old poor law: a regional study / Jonathan Healey -- Coping with poverty in rural Brandenburg: the role of lords and state in the late eighteenth century / Takashi Iida -- Coping with poverty and famine: material welfare, public goods, and Chinese approaches to governance / R. Bin Wong -- The development of civil engineering projects and village communities in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Japan / Junichi Kanzaka -- Rulers and ruled in flood protection during the eighteenth century: the Prussian example / Heinrich Kaak -- Infrastructure maintenance in the Jifu region, Beijing metropolitan region during the eighteenth century / Takehiko To -- Provided for public welfare: traffic infrastructure and the "bonum commune topos" with examples from fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Brandenburg electorate / Sascha Bütow -- Lords' forestry for people's basic needs: evidence from Prussia's royal domains and forests during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries / Takashi Iida -- The role of villagers in domain and state forest management: Japan's path from Tokugawa period to the early twentieth century / Takeshi Aoki -- Forests as commons in early modern China: an analysis of legal cases / Yoshiyuki Aihara -- Public goods and economy in the early modern era: new perspectives on modern economies and contemporary environmental concerns / R. Bin Wong.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "This volume compares early modern efforts to provide "public goods" defined as non-market mediated goods not limited to personal relations such as kinship. We examine poverty and famine relief, infrastructure, and forestry in East Asia and Europe, using Japan's Tokugawa era (1603-1868) as a benchmark from which to consider public goods provision in Prussia, China, and England. Japan is similar in size to a European country and linked to China through shared beliefs and practices. Such an approach allows us to mediate comparisons made directly between China and Europe and to avoid taking England as the norm for an 'advanced' society"--Provided by publisher.