9780804754965

Crimson Rain: Seven Centuries of Violence in a Chinese County

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804754965

  • ISBN10:

    0804754969

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

This brilliantly crafted narrative explores the roots of violence in Chinese rural society over the past seven hundred years, based on the study of a single highland county, Macheng, Hubei province, in the Great Divide Mountains separating the Yangzi valley from the North China Plain. Between the expulsion of the Mongols in the mid-fourteenth century and the invasion of the Japanese in 1938, Macheng experienced repeated, often self-inflicted waves of mass "extermination" of segments of its population. This book argues that, beyond its strategic military centrality and ingrained social tensions, cultural factors such as popular religion, folklore, collective memory, and local historical production played key roles in the continued proclivity of the county's population for massive carnage. In the process, the history of Macheng also provides a case study in the way events and trends of national significance in the history of China have been experienced at the local level.

Author Biography

William T. Rowe is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of three previous books, all published by Stanford University Press: Saving the World: Chen Hongmou and Elite Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century China (2001), Hankow: Commerce and Society in a Chinese City, 1796-1889 (1984), and Hankow: Conflict and Community in a Chinese City, 1796-1895 (1989).

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction 1(16)
Part I
The Social Ecology of Violence
17(26)
Kings of Light
43(18)
Boom Time
61(22)
The Heretic
83(26)
In the Tiger's Mouth
109(27)
Extermination
136(25)
Part II
Dongshan Rebellion
161(30)
Heavenly Kingdom
191(28)
An Interlude of Modernity
219(20)
The Cauldron
239(30)
Immaturity
269(23)
Extermination Redux
292(29)
Conclusion 321

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