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Of Camel Kings and Other Things : Rural Rebels Against Modernity in Late Imperial China - Roxann Prazniak

Of Camel Kings and Other Things

Rural Rebels Against Modernity in Late Imperial China

Paperback Published: 14th January 1999
ISBN: 9780847690077
Number Of Pages: 320

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From the perspective of village activists across China, this book tells the stories of farmers and rural laborers who raised the banner of opposition to constitutional reform during the first decade of the twentieth century. The author brings to life the stories of the Camel King of Zunhua county, Qu Shiwen and the Four Mountains of Laiyang county, and many others who criticized government modernization efforts, known collectively as the New Policy. Using county archives---including oral histories---as well as memoirs, periodical literature, missionary records, and official documents both Chinese and foreign, Of Camel Kings and Other Things constructs, from fragmented sources, a coherent historical view vital to our understanding of China's twentieth-century crises and the dilemmas of modernity itself.

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This book is an important contribution to the current literature on rural violence in the history of late imperial China. Prazniak has produced a well-researched study of peasant resistance in various parts of early twentieth-century China. Rich in insightful detail, highly readable and informative, this book is destined to become essential reading for those interested in peasant protests and popular uprisings in China and other parts of the world.--Joseph Tse-Hei Lee "Journal Of Parapsychology, April2000 "

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Narratives of Resistance and Problems of Suppressed Historiesp. 1
Anti-New Policy Rural Activism in Historical Context: Taiping and Boxer Preludesp. 15
Laiyang, Shandong: Qu Shiwen and the Four Mountainsp. 45
Excerpt from Water Marginp. 93
Zunhua, Zhili: Camel King Wang at the Foot of the Great Wallp. 97
Excerpt from The Romance of Three Kingdomsp. 127
Weiyuan, Sichuan: Heaven-Protected Liu Xiangting among the Red Lanternsp. 131
Excerpt from Journey to the Westp. 177
Lianzhou, Guangdong: The Greenwood/Tongmenghui Alliancep. 181
Chuansha, Jiangsu: Ding Fei and Her Vegetarian Sisterhood in Resistance to Reformp. 213
Epilogue: A Place in the Twentieth Centuryp. 257
Appendixp. 269
Glossaryp. 273
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 301
About the Authorp. 305
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ISBN: 9780847690077
ISBN-10: 0847690075
Series: State & Society in East Asia
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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