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Death by a thousand cuts

Author: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
ISBN: 9780674027732 0674027736
OCLC Number: 487229631
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 s. : illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments 1. The Execution of Wang Weiqin 2. The Laws of Punishment in Late-Imperial China 3. The Origins and Legitimacy Problems of Lingchi 4. Lingchi in the Ming Dynasty 5. Tormenting the Dead 6. Chinese Torture in the Western Mind 7. Qing Executions and European Supplices 8. Georges Bataille and the Supplice Chinois 9. Retrospective Notes Bibliography Index
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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