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The Resource Unruly waters : how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history, Sunil Amrith

Unruly waters : how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history, Sunil Amrith

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Unruly waters : how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history
Title
Unruly waters
Title remainder
how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history
Statement of responsibility
Sunil Amrith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Despite its ferociously wet climate of monsoons and cyclones, Asia contains less usable freshwater than any continent except Antarctica. Nevertheless, more than half the world's population calls Asia home. The struggle for water has been a driving force in modern Asian history. In [this book], historian Sunil Amrith boldly reimagines Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers, coasts, and seas--and of the weather-watchers and engineers, mapmakers and farmers who have sought to tame and control them. From the nineteenth century to the present, dreams and fears of water have informed visions of political independence and economic development, provoked efforts to transform nature through dams and pumps, and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nations. Starting in India, which is at the heart of the story, Amrith traces this dramatic history by following the monsoons, the mountain rivers, and the ocean currents as they cross Asia's borders, linking South Asia with China and Southeast Asia. Today, India, China, and other Asian nations are racing to construct hundreds of dams in the Himalayas, with dire environmental impacts far downstream. Hundreds of millions of people live in Asia's coastal cities, increasingly threatened by cyclones and storm surges. In an age of climate change, Unruly Waters is an urgent new perspective on the history of Asia, and essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how the continent's past shapes and constrains its possible futures."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
950
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS12
LC item number
.A54 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Unruly waters : how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history, Sunil Amrith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The shape of modern Asia -- Water and empire -- This parched land -- The aqueous atmosphere -- The struggle for water -- Water and freedom -- Rivers divided, rivers dammed -- The ocean and the underground -- Stormy horizons -- Epilogue: history and memory at the water's edge
Control code
on1030761121
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 397 pages
Isbn
9780465097722
Lccn
2018020666
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1030761121
  • (OCoLC)1030761121
Label
Unruly waters : how rains, rivers, coasts and seas have shaped Asia's history, Sunil Amrith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The shape of modern Asia -- Water and empire -- This parched land -- The aqueous atmosphere -- The struggle for water -- Water and freedom -- Rivers divided, rivers dammed -- The ocean and the underground -- Stormy horizons -- Epilogue: history and memory at the water's edge
Control code
on1030761121
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 397 pages
Isbn
9780465097722
Lccn
2018020666
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1030761121
  • (OCoLC)1030761121

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