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Building the Buddhist RevivalReconstructing Monasteries in Modern China$
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Gregory Adam Scott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190930721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190930721.001.0001

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The Post-Taiping Reconstruction

The Post-Taiping Reconstruction

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(p.43) 1 The Post-Taiping Reconstruction
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Building the Buddhist Revival
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Gregory Adam Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190930721.003.0002

This chapter examines the destruction of Buddhist monasteries in China during the Taiping War (1850–1864) and the first post-war wave of reconstructions. The period between the end of the war and the start of the Wuxu Reforms was highly active in terms of reconstruction of religious institutions of all types in China. The chapter includes a digital humanities survey of destruction and reconstruction records drawn from digitized local gazetteers, with the focus sites of Linggu Monastery near Nanjing and Jiangtian Monastery in Zhenjiang. The chapter argues that in spite of the widespread destruction of the war, reconstruction was still undertaken at many sites, but even rebuilt sites were not free from the long-term effects of the conflict.

Keywords:   Jiangtian Monastery, Jinshan, Linggu Monastery, Taiping War, Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Tongzhi Restoration

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