Marco Polo Was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues

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BRILL, 21.11.2012 - 643 Seiten
In "Marco Polo was in China" Hans Ulrich Vogel offers an innovative look at the highly complex topics of currencies, salt production and taxes, commercial levies and other kinds of revenue as well as the administrative geography of the Mongol Yuan empire. The author s rigorous analysis of Chinese sources and all the important Marco Polo manuscripts as well as his thorough scrutiny of Japanese, Chinese and Western scholarship show that the fascinating information contained in "Le devisament dou monde" agrees almost pefectly with that we find in Chinese sources, the latter only available long after Marco Polo s stay in China. Hence, the author concludes that, despite the doubts that have been raised, the Venetian was indeed in Khubilai Khan s realm.
 

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Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Paper Money in Yuan China
89
Chapter Three Cowry Monies Circulating in Yunnan and Southeast Asia
227
Chapter Four Salt Production and Salt Monies in Yunnan and Tebet
271
Chapter Five Production Revenue and Trade of Salt in Changlu and Lianghuai
331
Chapter Six Tax Revenue of Hangzhou and its Territory
365
Chapter Seven AdministrativeGeographical Divisions in Yuan China
399
Chapter Eight Conclusions
419
Appendices
427
Bibliography
547
Index
629
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Hans Ulrich Vogel, Ph.D. (1983) in Sinology, Z rich University is Professor for Chinese History and Society at T bingen University. He has published monographs, articles and translations mainly on the history of society, economy, science and technology in premodern China.

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