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Water and society from ancient times to the present : resilience, decline, and revival

Author: Federica Sulas; Innocent Pikirayi
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
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As water availability, management and conservation become global challenges, there is now wide consensus that historical knowledge can provide crucial information to address presentcrises, offering unique opportunities to appreciate the solutions and mechanisms societies have developed over time to deal with water in allits forms, from rainfall to groundwater. This unique collection exploreshow ancient water systems  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Federica Sulas; Innocent Pikirayi
ISBN: 9781315560144 1315560143 9781317197379 1317197372 9781317197386 1317197380 9781317197362 1317197364
OCLC Number: 1049150040
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 402 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction Water and society by the editors; Chapter 1 Sustaining freshwater security and community wealth: Diversity and change in the pre-Columbian Maya Lowlands; Chapter 2 Archaeological identification of human sensitivity to drought; Chapter 3 Water and Risks in Marginal Landscapes of Anatolia; Chapter 4 Water management and irrigation systems in Medieval Mediterranean; Chapter 5 The tale the river tells: Floodplains, climate change, and archaeology in West Africa; Chapter 6 Water and large-scale societies in southern Zambezia, 900-1900 AD; Chapter 7 Traditions of water in the highlands of the northern Horn of Africa; Chapter 8 Managing water and land at the Amazon River estuary: From Precolumbian times to the present; Chapter 9 Ancient water management in Southern Arabia: Creativity, resilience, and sustainability in Yemen and Oman; Chapter 10 Qanāts of Iran: Sustainable water supply system; Chapter 11 Angkor, food production, water management and climate change: The trajectory of urbanism in SE Asia to the mid-2nd millennium AD; Chapter 12 Hydraulic Complexities: Collapse and Resilience in Sri Lanka; Chapter 13 Historic water systems in India: Relevance for sustainable development of significant cultural landscapes; Chapter 14 Historic Water Systems, Urban Growth, and Resilience in American Cities; Concluding essay 1 Resource gain and complexity: Water past and future; Concluding essay 2 Historical water socio-ecological systems --
Sustainability, resilience and transformability
Responsibility: edited by Federica Sulas and Innocent Pikirayi.

Abstract:

As water availability, management and conservation become global challenges, there is now wide consensus that historical knowledge can provide crucial information to address presentcrises, offering unique opportunities to appreciate the solutions and mechanisms societies have developed over time to deal with water in allits forms, from rainfall to groundwater. This unique collection exploreshow ancient water systems relate to present ideas of resilience and sustainability and can inform future strategy. Through an investigation ofhistoric water management systems, along with theresponses to, and impact of, various water-driven catastrophes, contributors to this volume present tenable solutions for the long-term use of water resources in different parts of the world. The discussion is not limited to issues of the past, seeking instead to address the resonance and legacy of water histories in the present and future. Water and Society from Ancient Times to the Present speaks to an archaeological and non-archaeological scholarly audience and will be a useful primary reference text for researchers and graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including archaeology, anthropology, history, ecology, geography, geology, architecture and development studies.

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