12. Money in Ancient China: People and their Everyday Life around Money

Money in Ancient China: People and their Everyday Life around Money, by KAKINUMA Yōhei (Yoshikawa Kobunkan, 2015, ISBN 978-4642057950)  —  thanks to Wen-yi Huang for highlighting this book on her EarlyChinaSinology blog. The book is in Japanese, and I’ve tried to put the abstract and contents into English below. (My Japanese isn’t very good, and if you spot any errors, please let me know so I can correct them.)


柿沼  陽平:  <<中国古代の貨幣―お金をめぐる 人びとと暮らし>> (吉川弘文館, 2015)


Abstract: When did the desire for money arise? In the first section of this book, using excavated materials from China, the author searches for the origins of money, and shows how the Qin and Han dynasties aimed for “monetary unification”. Competition between multiple monies played an important role in the process, and in this second section of the book, he looks, for example, at commodity trading and price competition. In the third section of the book, the author considers the social meaning of money, including the etiquette of money and gift-giving, thereby throwing light on our understanding of money today.

中国古代貨幣の世界へ―プロローグ    The world of China’s ancient money – Prologue

(1) 貨幣と国家    Money and State

中国貨幣史の源流    The origins of the history of Chinese money

半両銭の形と意味    The shape and meaning of Banliang coins

戦国秦と半両銭    The Qin State and Banliang coins

帝国貨幣の胎動    The beginnings of an imperial currency

(2) 競合する貨幣たち    Competition between Monies

戦国秦漢時代の物価制度    Price system(s) in the Warring States, Qin and Han

価格競争のゆくえ    Price wars

複数貨幣の並存と競存    Co-existence and competition between multiple monies

並存する経済圏    From co-existence to economic sphere

中国古代の市場で買う    Buying in China’s ancient markets

(3) 人びとをつなぐ貨幣    Money connects people

生計と日常    Livelihood and Daily Life

富貴を欲し、貧賎を悪む    The desire for wealth, and the evils of poverty

買物帰りの風景    Scenes on the way home from shopping

交換の原理と場    The principles and locations of exchange

貨幣と贈与の作法    The etiquette of money and gift-giving

中国古代貨幣の特殊性―エピローグ    The special nature of China’s ancient money – Epilogue

Thanks to Wen-Yi Huang (McGill University, Montreal) for posting this on her blog (31 May 2017) 

UPDATE (6 June): Wen-Yi Huang just drew my attention to Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen’s review of Dr. Kakinuma’s 2011 work. Lothar von Falkenhausen, “Kakinuma Yōhei 柿沼陽平, Chūgoku kodai kahei keizaishi kenkyū 中國古代貨幣經濟史研究,” Zhejiang University Journal of Art and Archaeology 1 (2014), 278-291. It is in English, and available online.




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