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China : its environment and history

Author: Robert Marks
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2012.
Series: World social change.
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This book provides a comprehensive and comprehensible history of China from prehistory to the present. Focusing on the interaction of humans and their environment, the author traces changes in the physical and cultural world that is home to a quarter of humankind. Through both word and image, this work illuminates the chaos and paradox inherent in China's environmental narrative, demonstrating how historically  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Marks
ISBN: 9781442212756 1442212756 9781442212770 1442212772
OCLC Number: 751922150
Description: xxi, 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Problems and perspectives --
China's natural environment and early human settlement to 1000 BCE --
States, wars, and farms: environmental change in ancient and early imperial China, 1000 BCE-300 CE --
Deforesting the north and colonizing the south in the middle imperial period, 300-1300 CE --
Empire and environment: China's borderlands, islands, and inner peripheries in the late imperial period, 1300-1800 CE --
Environmental degradation in modern China, 1800-1949 --
Controlling nature in the People's Republic of China, 1949-present --
China and its environment in world historical perspective.
Series Title: World social change.
Responsibility: Robert B. Marks.

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This book provides a comprehensive and comprehensible history of China from prehistory to the present. Focusing on the interaction of humans and their environment, the author traces changes in the physical and cultural world that is home to a quarter of humankind. Through both word and image, this work illuminates the chaos and paradox inherent in China's environmental narrative, demonstrating how historically sustainable practices can, in fact, be profoundly ecologically unsound. The author also reevaluates China's traditional "heroic" storyline, highlighting the marginalization of nature that followed the spread of Chinese civilization while examining the development of a distinctly Chinese way of relating to and altering the environment. And also, he makes the compelling argument that all of humanity has a stake in China's environmental future.

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Based in part on the author's earlier, more technical book, Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China (1997), this new volume presents for a more general Read more...

 
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