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The water kingdom : a secret history of China, Philip Ball

Label
The water kingdom : a secret history of China
Title
The water kingdom
Title remainder
a secret history of China
Statement of responsibility
Philip Ball
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries...In The Water Kingdom, Ball takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, showing how the complexity and energy of the country and its history repeatedly come back to the challenges, opportunities, and inspiration provided by the waterways. Drawing on stories from travelers and explorers, poets and painters, bureaucrats and activists, all of whom have been influenced by an environment shaped and permeated by water, Ball explores how the ubiquitous relationship of the Chinese people to water has made it an enduring metaphor for philosophical thought and artistic expression. From the Han emperors to Mao, the ability to manage the waters -- to provide irrigation and defend against floods -- was a barometer of political legitimacy, often resulting in engineering works on a gigantic scale. It is a struggle that continues today, as the strain of economic growth on water resources may be the greatest threat to China's future." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ball, Philip
Dewey number
951
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS727
LC item number
.B355 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • China
  • China
  • Water and civilization
  • HISTORY / Asia / China
  • SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Hydrology
  • SCIENCE / History
Label
The water kingdom : a secret history of China, Philip Ball
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Rain on the Summer Palace -- The great rivers: Yangtze and Yellow : the axes of China's geography -- Out of the water : the myths and origins of ancient China -- Finding the way : water as source and metaphor in Daoism and Confucianism -- Channels of power : how China's waterways shaped its political landscape -- Voyages of the eunuch admiral : how China explored the world -- Rise and fall of the hydraulic state : taming the waters by bureaucracy -- War on the waters : rivers and lakes as sites and instruments of conflict -- Mao's dams : the technocratic vision of a new China -- The fluid art of expression : how water infuses Chinese painting and literature -- Water and China's future : threats, promises and a new dialogue
Control code
958351041
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780226470924
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2016042794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)958351041
Label
The water kingdom : a secret history of China, Philip Ball
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Rain on the Summer Palace -- The great rivers: Yangtze and Yellow : the axes of China's geography -- Out of the water : the myths and origins of ancient China -- Finding the way : water as source and metaphor in Daoism and Confucianism -- Channels of power : how China's waterways shaped its political landscape -- Voyages of the eunuch admiral : how China explored the world -- Rise and fall of the hydraulic state : taming the waters by bureaucracy -- War on the waters : rivers and lakes as sites and instruments of conflict -- Mao's dams : the technocratic vision of a new China -- The fluid art of expression : how water infuses Chinese painting and literature -- Water and China's future : threats, promises and a new dialogue
Control code
958351041
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780226470924
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2016042794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)958351041

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