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

Zhang, Jiayan. Coping with calamity : environmental change and peasant response in rural China, 1736-1949. Copenhagen : NIAS Press, 2015. 292 p. (“NIAS Monographs ; 128). ISBN : 978-87-7694-151-2 [First published in Canada by UBC Press, 2014]

Cet ouvrage a remporté en 2014 l’Academic Excellence Award, Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS).

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, Coping with calamitysince 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 Calamity considers 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.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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