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

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 nation's tragedy. This book's 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. It juxtaposes these narratives with ... More

Keywords: famine, China, cultural response, trauma, Shanxi Province, Chinese society, national crisis, source materials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253025
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley, author