Food Supply and Population Growth in Southwest China, 1250–1850

  title={Food Supply and Population Growth in Southwest China, 1250–1850},
  author={J. Lee},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={711 - 746}
  • J. Lee
  • Published 1 August 1982
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Between 1250 and 1850 the population of Southwest China increased from 3 to 20 million people. In this essay, the author delineates two periods of population growth—a small one from 1250 to 1600 and a large one from 1700 to 1850—and relates their spatial and temporal characteristics to agricultural production. His conclusions challenge the popular assumption that frontier populations in China grew because of improved agricultural techniques or increased arable land. In the Southwest, between… 
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