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Queen's University

Department of History

Emily Hill publishes Smokeless Sugar

Smokeless Sugar: The Death of a Provincial Bureaucrat and the Construction of China's National Economy (University of British Columbia Press, 2010)

Part political biography, part economic history, and part murder mystery, Smokeless Sugar sheds new light on regional and national politics and state-led industrialization in Republican China by investigating the mysterious execution of a Cantonese official in 1936.


This is a very impressive work ... It uses the career and execution of Feng Rui as a way of analyzing several key themes in modern Chinese history -- regional and national politics in the 1930s, the role of the state in fostering industrialization, international trading issues and development, and the problems associated with transforming agriculture in China. Hill's scholarship is excellent; she has thoroughly combed the Chinese sources.

-- Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945


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