Comparative "genocide" numbers in perspective

Nathan Newman nnewman at
Wed Jul 15 09:22:47 PDT 1998

I've been reading Jaques Gernet's excellent HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION and I thought folks would be interested in some numbers he cites on the effects of disasters in the 19th century. He notes that these disasters, whether floods or droughts were so devastating because of the poverty induced by Western exploitation. He notes that one drought in northern China in 1876-79 killed nine to thirteen million Chinese while a whole set of successive disasters killed millions at a shot in different regions.

--Nathan Newman

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