Climate Change Research ›› 2011, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (4): 253-258.

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Frequency of Revolting Events During 1644-1911 in North China Plain and Its Relationship with Climate Change


  • Received:2010-11-30 Revised:2011-02-19 Online:2011-07-30 Published:2010-07-30
  • Contact: Ling-Bo Xiao

Abstract: Based on the record of revolting events in Actual Annals of Qing Dynasty (a collection of official records), the frequency (amount of counties where revolting events happened every year) of revolting events during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in North China plain is reconstructed. By comparing revolting events series with temperature and precipitation series, the interaction between climate change and social responses are analyzed. The conclusions are as follows. Revolting events broke out more frequently in colder periods, while less in warmer periods. There were much more revolting events in drought decades than in wet decades, and the three fatal revolting events were all ignited by severe droughts. The impacts of temperature and precipitation change on revolting events should be estimated at different time scales. In the late Qing Dynasty, the correlation between revolting events and climate change became more and more significant, along with the contradiction between population and land area becoming increasingly intense.

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