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China and the End of Global Silver, 1873-1937

Austin Dean


In the late nineteenth century, as much of the world adopted some variant of the gold standard, China remained the most populous country still using silver. Yet China had no unified national currency; there was not one monetary standard but many. Silver coins circulated alongside chunks of silver and every transaction became an “encounter of wits.” This book focuses on how officials, policy makers, bankers, merchants, academics, and journalists in China and around the world answered a simple question: how should China change its monetary system? Far from a narrow, technical issue, Chinese mone ... More

Keywords: China, unified national currency, unified monetary standard, Chinese monetary reform, silver era, silver standard, gold standard, monetary system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752407
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Dean, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas