Book ID: CBB899763419

The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128 (2016)


Zhang, Ling (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 328
Language: English

On July 19, 1048, the Yellow River breached its banks, drastically changing its course across the Hebei Plain and turning it into a delta where the river sought a path out to the ocean. This dramatic shift of forces in the natural world resulted from political deliberation and hydraulic engineering of the imperial state of the Northern Song Dynasty. It created eighty years of social suffering, economic downturn, political upheaval, and environmental changes, which reshaped the medieval North China Plain and challenged the state. Ling Zhang deftly applies textual analysis, theoretical provocation, and modern scientific data in her gripping analysis of how these momentous events altered China's physical and political landscapes and how its human communities adapted and survived. In so doing, she opens up an exciting new field of research by wedding environmental, political, economic, and social history in her examination of one of North China's most significant environmental changes.

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Review David A. Bello (April 2018) Review of "The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128". Environmental History (pp. 443-445). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Agostini, Filiberto
Raito, Leonardo
Cazzola, Franco
Wang, Qianjin
Su, Hongxia
Huang, Chun Chang
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
Journal of Historical Geography
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Franco Angeli
Harvard University Press
Environmental history
Water resource management
Hydraulic engineering
Po Plain
Sima, Guang (1019-1086)
Paleocapa, Pietro
Time Periods
Early modern
Republic of Venice (697–1797)
12th century
11th century
Yellow River (China)
Adige River
Venice (Italy)

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