Managing Famine, Flood and Earthquake in China: Tianjin, 1958-85, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Managing Famine, Flood and Earthquake in China

Tianjin, 1958-85, 1st Edition

By Lauri Paltemaa


218 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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China suffers frequently from many types of natural disasters, which have affected the lives of many millions of Chinese. The steps which the Chinese state has taken to prevent disasters, mitigate their consequences, and reconstruct in the aftermath of disasters are therefore key issues. This book examines the single metropolis of Tianjin in northern China, a city which has suffered particularly badly from natural disasters – the great famine of 1958-61, the great flood of 1963 and the great earthquake of 1976. It discusses how the city managed these disasters, what policies and measures were taken to prevent and mitigate disasters, and to promote reconstruction afterwards. It also explores who suffered from and who benefited from the disasters. Overall, the book shows how disaster management was erratic, sometimes managed highly efficiently and in other cases disappointingly delayed and inept. It concludes that, although the Maoist state possessed formidable resources, disaster management was always constrained by other political and economic considerations, and was never an automatic priority.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Great Leap Forward Famine 2. The Great Flood of 1963 3. The Tangshan Earthquake of 1976 4. Epilogue: The Legacies of Maoist Disaster Management

About the Author

Lauri Paltemaa is Professor of East Asian Politics and Contemporary History and Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies