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Irrigation Communities and the Organization of Power in Local Society: Xingtai County, Hebei in Late Imperial and Republican Times

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Duara, Prasenjit
Conference: Triangle East Asia Colloquim on Land and Water Rights in Common East Asia
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
Conf. Date: March 20
Date: 1985
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8137
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): irrigation
Abstract: "It is a remarkable fact that English language research on China has neglected the subject of water control organizations even so long after the path-breaking, if provocative contributions of Wittfogel to the subject of hydraulic societies. Central to Wittfogel's conception was the 'despotic' character of the imperial Chinese state which overwhelmed local communities."

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