Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History

Asia’s history has been shaped by her waters.

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Asia’s history has been shaped by her waters. InUnruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith 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 control them. Looking out from India, he shows how dreams and fears of water shaped visions of political independence and economic development, provoked efforts to reshape nature through dams and pumps, and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nations.

Today, Asian nations are racing to construct hundreds of dams in the Himalayas, with dire environmental impacts; hundreds of millions crowd into coastal cities threatened by cyclones and storm surges. In an age of climate change,Unruly Watersis essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Asia’s past and its future.

Year: 1
Language: English
Pages: 416
ISBN 10: 0465097723
ISBN 13: 9780465097722
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