Coming to Terms With Civil War in 19th Century ChinaeBook - 2013
The Taiping Rebellion was one of the costliest civil wars in human history. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, as Chinese rebels, imperial armies, and local militias clashed across the Yangzi Delta. Yet while the Rebellion has been intensely studied, little is known of how individuals coped with these cataclysmic events. Drawing upon a rich array of primary sources, this study explores the issues that preoccupied Chinese and Western survivors. Individuals, families, and communities grappled with fundamental questions of loyalty and loss as they struggled to rebuild shattered cities, bury the dead, and make sense of the horrors that they had witnessed.
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 316 pages) : illustrations, map