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Of Camel Kings and Other Things


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Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Anti-New Policy Rural Activism in Historical Context: Taiping and Boxer Preludes Chapter 4 Laiyang, Shandong: Qu Shiwen and the Four Mountains Chapter 5 Excerpt from Water Margin Chapter 6 Zunhua, Zhili: Camel King Wang at the Foot of the Great Wall Chapter 7 Excerpt from Three Kingdoms Chapter 8 Weiyuan, Sichuan: Heaven-Protected Liu Xiangting Among the Red Lanterns Chapter 9 Excerpt from Journey to the West Chapter 10 Lianzhou, Guangdong: The Greenwood, Tongmenghui Alliance Chapter 11 Chuansha, Jiangsu: Ding Fei and Her Vegetarian Sisterhood in Resistance to Reform Chapter 12 Conclusion Chapter 13 Epilogue Chapter 14 Glossary

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Roxann Prazniak is assistant professor of history at the Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, and the author of Dialogues Across Civilizations: Sketches in World History from the Chinese and European Experiences.


A highly original exploration of an aspect of early twentieth-century Chinese history that has too long lacked full-scale treatment. The research is always impressive and the work is pioneering. -- Ernest P. Young, University of Michigan
A fascinating study of peasants in relation to modern state-building projects. Ambitious in its sweep and rich in detail, it offers new ways to think about the complexities of the Chinese revolution and the history of the subaltern classes. -- Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
This book is an important contribution to the current literature on rural violence in the history of late imperial China. Prazniak has produced a well-researched study of peasant resistance in various parts of early twentieth-century China. Rich in insightful detail, highly readable and informative, this book is destined to become essential reading for those interested in peasant protests and popular uprisings in China and other parts of the world. -- Joseph Tse-Hei Lee * Journal Of Parapsychology, April2000 *
Makes a positive contribution to understanding peasant protests during the last decade (c. 1900-1910) of Imperial China. -- E. H. Kaplan, Western Washington University * CHOICE *
In the first detailed monograph in English on rural protests against the Qing New Policy state building reforms of 1901-11, Prazniak examines the behavior of many people like the Camel King and reflects on the significance of their collective action. . . . Prazniak offers a wealth of stimulating observations on village social dynamics in her five case studies. * Journal of Asian Studies *
A valuable historical work. . . . The author offers a fascinating description of the struggles of farmers against the constitutional reform of the late Qing government. -- Cai Shaoqing, Nanjing University
Roxann Prazniak's excellent and pioneering work not only fills a major historical lacuna but does so on the basis of impressive scholarship that includes archives, local gazetteers and oral histories, reports by foreign observers, and a broad array of Chinese and Western secondary sources. Her book is important for specialists on China and should interest everyone who studies popular rebellion. * American Historical Review *
This is an engaging read, which is presented in an original framework. * The Historian *
A valuable contribution to understanding rural politics and peasant rebellion, especially in the modern era. * Journal of Asian and African Studies *
Readers interested in history from the bottom up will find much to like in Roxann Prazniak's new book. A fine study of social history. * The China Journal *

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