Thomas S. Mullaney’s The Chinese Deathscape Published

Screenshot from project:Title and author over map of China with icons showing locations of grave relocation
Cover thumb for Chinese Deathscape.

We are pleased to announce the publication of our fourth interactive scholarly work, Thomas S. Mullaney’s The Chinese Deathscape: Grave Reform in Modern China. Edited by a Stanford faculty member and built by Stanford Libraries, this publication is truly homegrown.

In it, three historians of China, Jeffrey Snyder-Reinke, Christian Henriot, and Thomas S. Mullaney, chart out the history of China’s rapidly shifting deathscape. Each essay grapples with a different dimension of grave relocation and burial reform in China over the past three centuries: from the phenomenon of “baby towers” in the Lower Yangzi region of late imperial China, to the histories of death in the city of Shanghai, and finally to the history of grave relocation during the contemporary period, examined by Mullaney, when both its scale and tempo increased dramatically. Rounding off these historical analyses, a colophon by platform developers David McClure and Glen Worthey speak to new reading methodologies emerging from a format in which text and map move in concert to advance historical argumentation.

Start exploring it here and stay tuned for more posts about this publication in the coming weeks.

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