Tears from Iron

Tears from Iron

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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.David Pillemer, Momentous Events, Vivid Memories (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998), 53, 137. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV), aquot;Witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the ... and dynastic histories to write their compilation, and they also drew on some unpublished manuscripts like Liu Xinga#39;s Huangnian ge.

Title:Tears from Iron
Author: Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2008-03-03

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