Explores the history, iconography, and legal contexts of Chinese tortures and executions from the tenth century until lingchi's abolition in 1905. This work investigates oriental tortures in the Western imagination. It also questions the logic by which states justify tormenting individuals.
Timothy Brook is the Shaw Professor of Chinese at Oxford University. Jerome Bourgon is Researcher at the Institut d'Asie Orientale / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon. Gregory Blue is Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria.
Short-listed for PROSE Awards: World History & Biography/Autobiograpy 2008.