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Death by a thousand cuts

Author: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press 2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Beijing in 1904, multiple murderer Wang Weiqin became one of the last to suffer the extreme punishment known as lingchi, called by Western observers "death by a thousand cuts." This is the first  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
ISBN: 9780674027732 0674027736
OCLC Number: 1087697750
Awards: Winner of Wallace K. Ferguson Prize 2009
Commended for PROSE Awards 2008
Nominated for John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History 2008
Nominated for David H. Pinkney Prize 2008
Nominated for Joseph Levenson Book Prize 2010
Description: xi, 320 p. ill. 25 cm
Contents: The execution of Wang Weiqin --
The laws of punishment in late Imperial China --
The origins of lingchi and problems of its legitimacy --
Lingchi in the Ming Dynasty --
Tormenting the dead --
Chinese torture in the Western mind --
Misreading lingchi --
Georges Bataille's interpretation --
Lingering on.
Responsibility: Timothy Brook, Jérôme Bourgon, Gregory Blue.
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An ambitious, important book that will stimulate wide reflection. The authors explore the most infamous of Chinese tortures, tracing the ways in which the concept of 'death by a thousand cuts' took Read more...

 
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