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

ISBN: 9780520253025

Published: April 2nd 2008

Hardcover

360 pages


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Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to  Famine in Nineteenth-Century China  by  Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley

Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley
April 2nd 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 360 pages | ISBN: 9780520253025 | 9.57 Mb

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 remainsMoreThis 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 Chinas most severe disasters and provides a vivid window through which to study the social side of a nations tragedy.

Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpleys 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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