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The Wrath of Heaven and Earth
Chinese Politics and the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976

 

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The Wrath of Heaven and Earth
Chinese Politics and the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976

by Youli Sun (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780312213367

 

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In The Wrath of Heaven and Earth, Sun uses the Tangshan Earthquake as a window to look into the state-society relations in 1976 by analyzing Chinese political culture, popular perceptions, and social behaviour.


1976 was the most extraordinary and fateful year in modern Chinese history. After ten years of havoc caused by the Cultural Revolution, an intense hatred of the radical programmes of Mao Tse-tung and his followers could hardly be contained. The year began with the death of Premier Zhou En-lai, a symbol of moderation; then in April, a rare meteor shower occurred and a spontaneous movement to mourn Zhou En-lai resulted in a riot against the government; in July, an earthquake, the second largest in human history, shook the Tangshan Beijing area, killing 240,000 people; in September, Mao died and subsequently, a military coup took place, arresting Mao's wife and her radical associates. For the tradition-minded Chinese, these momentous and unprecedented events were symptoms of a cosmic political disorder and thus indications of Heaven's anger. In "The Wrath of Heaven and Earth", Sun uses the Tangshan earthquake as a window to look into the state-society relations in 1976 by analyzing Chinese political culture, popular perceptions, and social behaviour.


 

ISBN 312213360
ISBN13 9780312213367
Publisher St Martin's Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 24/01/2003
Pages 256
Weight (grammes) 751.00
Published in United States
Height (mm) 222
Width (mm) 141

Traditional Theories of Co-relative Cosmology and their Modern Day Manifestations Chinese Politics and Public Perceptions before the Earthquake Authority-Dependency Relationship Fostered by the Chinese Communist System Chinese Seismological System and the Politics of Prediction The Earthquake The Fallouts of the Quake The Reporting of the Quake and the Nature of Chinese Journalism The Politicization of Disaster October Revolution