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Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China
     

Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China

by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley
 

This multi-layered history of a horrific famine that took place in late-nineteenth-century China focuses on cultural responses to trauma. The massive drought/famine that killed at least ten million people in north China during the late 1870s remains one of China's most severe disasters and provides a vivid window through which to study the social side of a

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This multi-layered history of a horrific famine that took place in late-nineteenth-century China focuses on cultural responses to trauma. The massive drought/famine that killed at least ten million people in north China during the late 1870s remains one of China's most severe disasters and provides a vivid window through which to study the social side of a nation's tragedy. Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley's original approach explores an array of new source materials, including songs, poems, stele inscriptions, folklore, and oral accounts of the famine from Shanxi Province, its epicenter. She juxtaposes these narratives with central government, treaty-port, and foreign debates over the meaning of the events and shows how the famine, which occurred during a period of deepening national crisis, elicited widely divergent reactions from different levels of Chinese society.

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Chinese Cross Currents - Dominique Tyl

“Very inspiring and reaching well beyond the scope of the research.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253025
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/02/2008
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Very inspiring and reaching well beyond the scope of the research."—Chinese Cross Currents

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Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley is Assistant Professor of History at San Diego State University.

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