Shanghai's History a Tale of Successful Capitalism

Urban scene, The Bund, Pudong, Shanghai, China

Urban scene, The Bund, Pudong, Shanghai, China — Image by © Johannes Mann/Corbis


by Richard Ebeling, Jan 6, 2014

China’s impressive modernization since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and the end to the destructive madness of the Cultural Revolution has been epitomized by the dramatic growth of the industrial and port city of Shanghai, with its majestic skyline of impressive futuristic skyscrapers. It is forgotten that Shanghai already was a commercial and industrial center before the Second World War, built on the principles of laissez-faire capitalism.

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