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Chinese Agriculture in the 1930s

Investigations into John Lossing Buck’s Rediscovered ‘Land Utilization in China’ Microdata

  • Hao Hu
  • Funing Zhong
  • Calum G. Turvey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Hao Hu, Mikio Suga, Weiwei Zheng, Minjie Yu, Funing Zhong
    Pages 85-112
  3. Calum G. Turvey, Hong Fu
    Pages 225-257
  4. Hao Hu, Funing Zhong, Calum G. Turvey
    Pages 291-301
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-311

About this book


This edited volume analyzes land utilization data from farm surveys taken in China between 1929 and 1933. This data, which was the foundation for John Lossing Buck’s seminal work Land Utilization in China (1937), was thought lost to history until rediscovered in 2000. The book presents the first modern analyses of agricultural economics in Republican China using Buck’s micro-data, covering important topics such as tenancy issues, land productivity, surplus labor, workers’ incomes, credit supply, and regional differences. Using modern analytical methods, this book presents a more accurate picture of the agricultural economy in the Republican Era and will be of particular interest to agricultural economists, economic historians, and Chinese studies scholars.


agricultural economics john lossing buck chinese economics asian economics economic history land utilization calum turvey hao hu republic of china farm survey Land Utilization in China (1937) nutritional poverty tenancy issues land productivity surplus labor workers’ incomes credit supply analytical methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Hao Hu
    • 1
  • Funing Zhong
    • 2
  • Calum G. Turvey
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Economics and ManagementNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.College of Economics and ManagementNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

About the editors

Hao Hu is Professor in the College of Economics and Management at Nanjing Agricultural University, China. He was the principal investigator on the project “Electronic and Database Construction of Buck’s Data” from 2012 to 2015. He specializes in animal husbandry economics and agricultural economic history,


Funing Zhong is a Distinguished Professor and Vice Chairman of Academic Committee of Nanjing Agricultural University. His research interests cover agricultural production and trade, as well as rural development. The restoroation work of Buck' data was started under his lead as the Dean of the College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University.

Calum Turvey is the W.I. Myers Professor of Agricultural Finance in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management,  S.C. Johnson College of Business,  and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University, USA. He is the editor of Agricultural Finance Review and conducts research in the area of agricultural finance, risk management and agricultural policy with regional interests in the United States, China, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chinese Agriculture in the 1930s
  • Book Subtitle Investigations into John Lossing Buck’s Rediscovered ‘Land Utilization in China’ Microdata
  • Editors Hao Hu
    Funing Zhong
    Calum G. Turvey
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-12687-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-12690-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-12688-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 311
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agricultural Economics
    Economic History
    Asian Economics
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