TY - BOOK ID - 32369 TI - Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy AU - Tanimoto, Masayuki AU - Bin Wong, R. PY - 2019 SN - 9780520972797 9780520303652 DB - DOAB KW - public goods KW - market KW - personal relation KW - fiscal state KW - poverty and famine relief KW - infrastructure building KW - forestry management KW - autonomous village KW - regional society UR - https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:32369 AB - Historically, for sustaining and reproducing their economic lives, people have obtained goods and services through various ways. How did people tackle issues that the market did not handle well? This volume compares early modern efforts to provide “public goods”—defined in contraposition to market-mediated goods and goods provided through personal relations, such as kinship ties. We examine poverty and famine relief, infrastructure building, and forestry management in East Asia and Europe, using Japan’s Tokugawa era (1603–1868) as a benchmark from which consider the cases in Prussia, China, and England. Taking advantage of rich scholarship on the role of autonomous village and regional society in Japan’s early modern history, the volume highlights the diverse approaches to providing public goods across societies, relativizing the discussion on the formation of fiscal state drawn from the experience in “advanced” Western Europe, and it constructs the beginnings of an early modern basis for forecasting the diversity in public-goods provision future into the modern and contemporary periods.