Death by a Thousand Cuts
- Mathiasen, Helle
- Date of entry: Jan-25-2010
- Last revised: Jun-08-2010
The two parts of this work investigate judicial punishments in imperial China as well as 18th and 19th century Western reactions to and obsession with Chinese methods of torture and with the Chinese method of public execution called death by a thousand cuts (lingchi). The authors present their interdisciplinary study as a "cross-cultural hermeneutics" (245), concluding that this use of torture and tormented death in China is not special but forms part of a global pattern of state-sponsored cruel and inhumane punishments recorded over time.
2008 Finalist for the PSP Division of the Assoc. of American Publishers, World History and Biography/Autobiography Category.
Harvard University Press
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