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The Resource The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China, Mark Elvin

The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China, Mark Elvin

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The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China
Title
The retreat of the elephants
Title remainder
an environmental history of China
Statement of responsibility
Mark Elvin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 towards their environment and their landscape. Elvin chronicles the spread of the Chinese style of farming that eliminated the habitat of the elephants that populated the country alongside much of its original wildlife; the destruction of most of the forests; the impact of war on the environmental transformation of the landscape; and the reengineering of the countryside through water-control systems, some of gigantic size. He documents the histories of three contrasting localities within China to show how ecological dynamics defined the lives of the inhabitants. And he shows that China in the eighteenth century, on the eve of the modern era, was probably more environmentally degraded than northwestern Europe around this time
Member of
Cataloging source
COCUF
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elvin, Mark
Dewey number
304.2/0951
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GF656
LC item number
.E48 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human ecology
  • Elephants
  • Deforestation
  • Environmental degradation
  • China
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Deforestation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental degradation
  • Human ecology
  • China
  • Milieu
  • Ecologie
Label
The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China, Mark Elvin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-547) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
182530663
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxviii, 564 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300133530
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt112592
  • 95c41db5-99d8-4336-b678-3b6222d31724
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)182530663
Label
The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China, Mark Elvin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-547) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
182530663
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxviii, 564 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300133530
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt112592
  • 95c41db5-99d8-4336-b678-3b6222d31724
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)182530663

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