Nourish the People

The State Civilian Granary System in China, 1650–1850

Subjects: History, American Religious History, Economics, International Economics, Asian Studies, China
Paperback : 9780892640911, 638 pages, 6 x 9, January 1991
Open Access : 9780472901821, 638 pages, 6 x 9, August 2020

Open access edition funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
See expanded detail +

An exhaustive analysis of the Chinese state civilian granary system by a team of scholars


The Qing state, driven by Confucian precepts of good government and urgent practical needs, committed vast resources to its granaries. Nourish the People traces the basic practices of this system, analyzes the organizational bases of its successes and failures, and examines variant practices in different regions. The volume concludes with an assessment of the granary system’s social and economic impact and historical comparison with the food supply policies of other states.

Pierre-Etienne WILL is Directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.R. Bin WONG is Distinguished Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles.