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

Tears from Iron

Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China

Hardcover Published: 2nd April 2008
ISBN: 9780520253025
Number Of Pages: 332

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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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List of Illustrationsp. vii
Explanation of Commonly Used Chinese Termsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Scenep. 13
Shanxi, Greater China, and the Faminep. 15
Experiencing the Famine: The Hierarchy of Suffering in a Famine Song from Xiezhoup. 42
Praise and Blame: Interpretive Frameworks of Famine Causationp. 67
The Wrath of Heaven versus Human Greedp. 71
Qing Officialdom and the Politics of Faminep. 90
Views from the Outside: Science, Railroads, and Laissez-Faire Economicsp. 114
Hybrid Voices: The Famine and Jiangnan Activismp. 131
Icons of Starvation: Images, Myths, and Illusionsp. 157
Family and Gender in Faminep. 161
The "Feminization of Famine" and the Feminization of Nationalismp. 189
Eating Culture: Cannibalism and the Semiotics of Starvation, 1870-2001p. 211
Epilogue: New Tears for New Times; The Famine Revisitedp. 235
Glossary of Chinese Charactersp. 245
Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780520253025
ISBN-10: 0520253027
Series: Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 2nd April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.63

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