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A Study of Tax In Silver In Yunnan During Yuan Dynasty

Wang Wencheng (Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Yunnan Kunming 650032, China)  
Yunnan was historically one of the main sources of silver. The economy relations between Yunnan and the inland were further strengthened after Yuan Shizu (first emperor of Yuan Dynasty) had conquered and ruled Dali. The Government adopted the taxation - in -silver policy(tax paid in silver) which was accepted by the local peoples. Through converting grain tax into silver, levying tax to silver ores, tribute paid by chieftains(the hereditary local official appointed by the central government) in silver and the like, the Government got quite a plenty of silver. In addition, by way of buying silver in paper money, exchanging silver with cowry and the like, the silver was transferred to the interior of the dynasty. Tax in silver in Yunnan was still tax in kind, which was greatly different from tax in money in the interior.This, however, played positively a promoting role in the process of monetization of silver in the inland .
【CateGory Index】: F812.947
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