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This is an excellent book. In outlining the relationship between three groups, government, elites and peasantry, the book establishes a framework for power legitimation and contestation. Taxes, religion, serfdom and confucian loyalty are areas where these relationships become contested. Loyalty can be invoked towards genealogies and/or dynasties and is an intriguing area, but the economic situation of the poor is perhaps the general touchstone. In any event, when the relationships break down terrible sectarian violence is the result.
Review: Crimson Rain: Seven Centuries of Violence in a Chinese CountyUser Review - Albert Wu - Goodreads
Went into this with high hopes, but came out with 400 pages of narrative, and close to no analysis (throwing around the names of some Annalistes and Maurice Halbwachs DOES NOT count as analysis). The payoff was slight, and his conception of violence does not illuminate issues. Read full review
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