On the Rationality and the Sources of Land Annexation ──Case Studies of the Proportion between Land and Population in the Western and Eastern Dynasties
Ye Wenxian (Suzhou Railway Teachers College, Suzhou 215009)
Land annexation was a persistent ailment of the Ancient China. Superficially, it was caused by the greed of the landlord class, but in essence, it was caused by the shortage of natural resources, the large population, and a disproportion between the land and the population. Land annexation was an inevitable product of the ever increasing social demands, a natural result of the promotion of working effciency, and a driving force for land development in the country.