The Taiping uprising used to be one of many most costly civil wars in human heritage. Many hundreds of thousands of individuals misplaced their lives. but whereas the uprising has been intensely studied through students in China and in different places, we nonetheless comprehend little of the way participants coped with those cataclysmic events.

Drawing upon a wealthy array of fundamental assets, What continues to be explores the problems that preoccupied chinese language and Western survivors. participants, households, and groups grappled with primary questions of loyalty and loss as they struggled to rebuild shattered towns, bury the lifeless, and make experience of the horrors they'd witnessed.

Driven by way of compelling debts of uncooked emotion and deep damage, What Remains opens a window to a global defined via survivors themselves. This booklet transforms our figuring out of China's nineteenth century and recontextualizes pain and loss in China throughout the twentieth century.

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