Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949
The Jianghan plain in central China is shaped by its relationship with water. Once a prolific rice-growing region that drew immigrants to its fertile paddy fields, since the eighteenth century it has become prone to devastating flooding and waterlogging. Over time, population pressures and dike building left more and more people in the region vulnerable to its frequent water calamities. The first environmental and socioeconomic history of the region, Coping with Calamityconsiders the Jianghan plain's volatile environment, the constant challenges it presented to peasants, and the peasants' often ingenious and sophisticated responses, in the Qing and Republican periods.
University of Washington Press
jianghan plain, central china, chinese history, environmental history, socioeconomic history
Asian History | Chinese Studies | Political History | Social History
Zhang, Jiayan, "Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949" (2014). 2014 Faculty Bookshelf. 20.