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Sediments of Time

Sediments of Time
Environment and Society in Chinese History
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Part of Studies in Environment and History

Mark Elvin, John McNeill, Wolfgang Holzner, Monika Kriechbaum, Nick Menzies, Shiba Yshinobu, Liu Ts'ui-Jung, Eduard Vermeer, Pierre-Ètienne Will, Su Ninghu, Robert Marks, Li Bozhong, Kerrie MacPherson, Zhang Yixia, Christian Lamouroux, Helen Dunstan, Paolo Santangelo, Antonia Finnane, Ch'en Kuo-tung, Tung An-ch'i, Tessa Morris-Suzuki
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521135696

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  • The first comprehensive survey of Chinese environmental history, this book crystallizes a new field of scholarship that studies the creation of distinct environments as a result of the interaction of human social systems with the natural world. Pioneering essays explore new methodologies of historical environmental research, comparisons of China with the West and Japan, and the impact of the early modern ecological transformation on the spread of disease. An indispensable book for those trying to understand the foundations of modern China or the origins of many of contemporary China's most daunting challenges.

    • Written as a result of close collaboration between leading Chinese and Western experts
    • Integrates scientific and historical approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This volume firmly brings the study of environmental history to focus as an integral part of Chinese history. ...this book will stimulate a good deal of thought on the subject and inspire further work." Ruth I. Meserve, Journal of Asian History

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521135696
    • dimensions: 325 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 40 maps 24 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction Mark Elvin
    The context
    China's environmental history in world persepective John McNeill
    Interpreting the physical environment
    Man's impact on the vegetation and landscape in the Inner Himalaya and Tibet Wolfgang Holzner and Monika Kriechbaum
    The villagers' view of environmental history in Yunnan province Nick Menzies
    Human Seettlement
    Environment versus water control Shiba Yshinobu
    Han immigration and the settlement of Taiwan Liu Ts'ui-Jung
    The Frontiers: Highlands and lowlands Anne Osborne
    Population and ecology along the frontier in Qing China Eduard Vermeer
    Water
    Clear waters versus muddy waters Pierre-Ètienne Will
    Action at a distance Mark Elvin and Su Ninghu
    Weather and Climate
    'It never used to snow' Robert Marks
    Changes in climate, land, and human efforts Li Bozhong
    Diseases
    Cholera in China, 1820–1930 Kerrie MacPherson
    Environment and tuberculosis in modern China Zhang Yixia and Mark Elvin
    Representations of the environment - the offical mind
    From the Yellow River to the Huai Christian Lamouroux
    Official thinking on environmental issues and the state's environmental roles in eighteenth-century China Helen Dunstan
    Representations of the environment - literary and popular sensibility
    Ecologism versus moralism Paolo Santangelo
    Water, love, and labour Antonia Finnane
    The environment and early modern economic growth in Taiwan and Japan
    Non-reclamation deforestation in Taiwan, circa 1600–1976 Ch'en Kuo-tung
    Hydro-electricity and industrialization Tung An-ch'i
    Environmental problems and perceptions in early industrial Japan Tessa Morris-Suzuki
    Index.

  • Authors

    Mark Elvin, Australian National University, Canberra

    Ts'ui-jung Liu, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

    Contributors

    Mark Elvin, John McNeill, Wolfgang Holzner, Monika Kriechbaum, Nick Menzies, Shiba Yshinobu, Liu Ts'ui-Jung, Eduard Vermeer, Pierre-Ètienne Will, Su Ninghu, Robert Marks, Li Bozhong, Kerrie MacPherson, Zhang Yixia, Christian Lamouroux, Helen Dunstan, Paolo Santangelo, Antonia Finnane, Ch'en Kuo-tung, Tung An-ch'i, Tessa Morris-Suzuki

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