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Unformatted text preview: the dynastic cycle model, but rather in using it in conjunction with a regional cycle model. For instance, imperial policy was considerably more effective within the metropolitan centers than in the outer peripheries of Skinners macroregions. This lends support to the idea that economic cycles must be examined not from an empire-wide perspective, but from within each region and then in an even more narrow sense, from an urban-rural perspective. After outlining his case for the macroregion theory using North China and the Southeast Coast as examples, Skinner addresses some of the exogenous factors behind economic cycles within China. These shocks could include plagues, foreign invaders, or even climate change. Skinner emphasizes the regional nature of China in pointing out that oftentimes these shocks would only affect a certain area leaving others relatively untouched....
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- Spring '09