Wang Chengjin1; Ducruet Cesar2; Wang Wei1
Source Publicationjournalofgeographicalsciences
AbstractBefore the emergence of modern modes of transport, the traditional road infrastructure was the major historical means of carrying out nationwide socio-economic exchange.However, the history of transport infrastructure has received little attention from researchers.Given this background, the work reported here examined the long-term development of transport networks in China. The national road network was selected for study and the 3500 years from 1600 BC to 1900 AD was chosen as the study period. Indicators were designed for the maturity level of road networks and an accessibility model was developed for the paths of the shortest distance. The evolution of the road network in China since the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC) was described and its major features were summarized to reveal long-term regularities. The maturity level of the road network and its accessibility was assessed and regions with good and poor networks were identified. The relationship between China’s natural, social,and economic systems and the road network were discussed. Our analysis shows that the road network in China has a number of long-term regularities. The continuously expanding road network follows a path of inland expansion especially towards the border areas. However, its coverage and accessibility are characterized by a core–peripheral configuration,which has close relationships with, not only the natural conditions, but also national defense and warfare. The centralization of national power, national land governance, postal transport,the transport of specialized cargos, and international trade are also related to the development of the road network. This research draws attention to the evolving regularities of transport networks.
Document Type期刊论文
2.French National Centre for Scientific Research
First Author Affilication中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Recommended Citation
GB/T 7714
Wang Chengjin,Ducruet Cesar,Wang Wei. evolutionaccessibilityanddynamicsofroadnetworksinchinafrom1600bcto1900ad[J]. journalofgeographicalsciences,2015,25(4):451.
APA Wang Chengjin,Ducruet Cesar,&Wang Wei.(2015).evolutionaccessibilityanddynamicsofroadnetworksinchinafrom1600bcto1900ad.journalofgeographicalsciences,25(4),451.
MLA Wang Chengjin,et al."evolutionaccessibilityanddynamicsofroadnetworksinchinafrom1600bcto1900ad".journalofgeographicalsciences 25.4(2015):451.
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Related Services
Recommend this item
Usage statistics
Export to Endnote
Google Scholar
Similar articles in Google Scholar
[Wang Chengjin]'s Articles
[Ducruet Cesar]'s Articles
[Wang Wei]'s Articles
Baidu academic
Similar articles in Baidu academic
[Wang Chengjin]'s Articles
[Ducruet Cesar]'s Articles
[Wang Wei]'s Articles
Bing Scholar
Similar articles in Bing Scholar
[Wang Chengjin]'s Articles
[Ducruet Cesar]'s Articles
[Wang Wei]'s Articles
Terms of Use
No data!
Social Bookmark/Share
All comments (0)
No comment.

Items in the repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.