Rivers: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 25, 2012

byNick Middleton

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Rivers have played an extraordinarily important role in creating the world in which we live. They create landscapes and provide water to people, plants and animals, nourishing both town and country. The flow of rivers has enthused poets and painters, explorers and pilgrims. Rivers have actedas cradles for civilization and agents of disaster; a river may be a barrier or a highway, it can bear trade and sediment, culture and conflict. A river may inspire or it may terrify. This Very Short Introduction is a celebration of rivers in all their diversity. Nick Middleton covers a wide and eclectic range of river-based themes, from physical geography to mythology, to industrial history and literary criticism. Worshipped and revered, respected and feared, rivers reflect boththe natural and social history of our planet.

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Rivers have played an extraordinarily important role in creating the world in which we live. They create landscapes and provide water to people, plants and animals, nourishing both town and country. The flow of rivers has enthused poets and painters, explorers and pilgrims. Rivers have actedas cradles for civilization and agents of dis...

Nick Middleton is a geographer, writer, and presenter of television documentaries. He teaches at Oxford University where he is a Fellow of St Anne's College. He has written more than 200 articles and 20 books for a variety of audiences, most on geographical, travel, or environmental themes, including Deserts: A Very Short Introduction ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:April 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199588678

ISBN - 13:9780199588671

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Nature's driver2. Strong brown gods3. Liquid histories4. Roads that move5. Rearranged riversEpilogueFurther reading