Hydraulic economy and logographic writing in ancient China: Factor of topography

Xiangshu Fang, Lijun Bi

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Chinese civilisation is characterised by two distinctive features - a strong centralised administration and the system of logographic writing. This paper investigates nature s powerful impacts on human development, in terms of organisation and communication in ancient China. It argues that ancient China's topography played a crucial role in the formation of ancient Chinese civilisation and its hydraulic economy pushed the state stronger than society, hence a strong centralised government emerged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25 - 30
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Social Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • topography
  • hydraulic economy
  • Ancient Chinese civiliasation
  • central government
  • Chinese writing development

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