The Jianghan Plain in central China has been shaped by its relationship with water. Once a prolific rice-growing region that drew immigrants to its fertile paddy fields, it has, since the eighteenth century, become prone to devastating flooding and waterlogging. Over time, population pressures and dike building left more and more people in the region vulnerable to frequent water calamities. The first environmental and socioeconomic history of the region, Coping with Calamity considers the Jianghan Plain’s volatile environment, the constant challenges it presented to peasants, and their often ingenious and sophisticated responses during the Qing and Republican periods.
About the author
- Winner, Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University
- Winner, Academic Excellence Award, Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS)
Jiayan Zhang is an associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University.