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The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China

Author: Mark Elvin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first environmental history of China during the three thousand years for which there are written records. It is also a treasure trove of literary, political, aesthetic, scientific, and religious sources that allow the reader direct access to the views and feelings of the Chinese people toward their environment and their landscape." "Elvin chronicles the spread of the Chinese style of farming that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Elvin
ISBN: 0300101112 9780300101119 0300119933 9780300119930
OCLC Number: 52819558
Description: xxviii, 564 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Landmarks and time-marks --
Humans v. elephants : the three thousand years war --
The great deforestation : an overview --
The great deforestation : regions and species --
War and the logic of short-term advantage --
Water and the costs of system sustainability --
Richness to riches : the story of Jiaxing --
Chinese colonialism : Guizhou and the Miao --
The riddle of longevity : why Zunhua? --
Nature as revelation --
Science and superfauna --
Imperial dogma and personal perspectives.
Responsibility: Mark Elvin.
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"A classic. . . a work of quite staggering scholarship of a kind that very few historians have achieved in the post-second world war period."

 
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