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Studies in Economic History

Imitation, Counterfeiting and the Quality of Goods in Modern Asian History

Editors: Furuta, Kazuko, Grove, Linda (Eds.)

  • Is  the first book in the economic history of Asia to focus on the ways in which deterioration of the quality of goods was countered and the quality of the markets maintained
  • Provides rich historical case studies of how the asymmetry of product-quality information was reduced, with the help of the literature on the theory of market quality
  • Includes studies on intra-Asian production and trade in small sundry copy-goods to aid in understanding and solving similar problems in contemporary developing countries
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This book focuses on the production of low-quality goods, the rise of markets for imitations and shoddy goods, and dishonest trading practices which developed along with the expansion of global trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in East Asia. Fake, imitation, counterfeit, and adulterated goods have long plagued domestic and international trade. While we are all familiar with contemporary attempts to control the manufacture and sales of such goods, economic historians have given the subject little attention, despite the fact that the growth of international trade and the lengthening of commodity chains played a major role in the spread of such practices. The problem is approached in several ways. Part I of the book examines the ways in which the asymmetry of product-quality information was reduced and mechanisms were developed to bring greater order in the markets, using case studies on cotton fiber, silk pongee, cotton cloth, fertilizer, and tea. Part II of the book focuses on problems associated with imported everyday-use items—which are referred to here as “small things”—and the role played by imitations of such everyday goods as soap, matches, glass bottles, and toys in the development of the modern economies of Japan, China and Taiwan. The project brings together the work of an international team of scholars who offer important historical perspectives on these issues, exploring the ways in which new institutions were created that continue to play a role in contemporary global economic activities.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Asymmetry of Information, Trust-Building and Market Quality: Governing the Quality of Goods in Modern Asia

    Furuta, Kazuko (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Market Approaches to Dealing with Cotton Adulteration in Early Twentieth-Century China

    Setobayashi, Masataka

    Pages 21-45

  • The Fraudulent Fertilizer Problem in the Late Meiji Era: Credibility Acquisition by New Market Entrants and the Agricultural Experiment Stations

    Takahashi, Chikashi

    Pages 47-71

  • Two Paths Toward Raising Quality: Fertilizer Use in Rice and Sugarcane Cultivation in Colonial Taiwan (1895–1945)

    Hirai, Kensuke

    Pages 73-91

  • Quality as a Moving Target: Japanese Tea, Consumer Preference, and Federal Regulation on the US Market

    Hellyer, Robert

    Pages 93-106

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3752-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3751-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imitation, Counterfeiting and the Quality of Goods in Modern Asian History
Editors
  • Kazuko Furuta
  • Linda Grove
Series Title
Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3752-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3752-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-3751-1
Series ISSN
2364-1797
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 286
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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