Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949

Title

Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949

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Description

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.

ISBN

978-0774825955

Publication Date

1-27-2014

Publisher

University of Washington Press

City

Seattle, WA

Keywords

jianghan plain, central china, chinese history, environmental history, socioeconomic history

Disciplines

Asian History | Chinese Studies | Political History | Social History

Coping with Calamity: Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949


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