The Yellow River: A Natural And Unnatural History

September 28, 2021|
The Yellow River: A Natural And Unnatural History by Ruth Mostern
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A three-thousand-year history of the Yellow River and the legacy of interactions between humans and the natural landscape

From Neolithic times to the present day, the Yellow River and its watershed have both shaped and been shaped by human society. Using the Yellow River to illustrate the long-term effects of environmentally significant human activity, Ruth Mostern unravels the long history of the human relationship with water and soil and the consequences, at times disastrous, of ecological transformations that resulted from human decisions.

As Mostern follows the Yellow River through three millennia of history, she underlines how governments consistently ignored the dynamic interrelationships of the river’s varied ecosystems—grasslands, riparian forests, wetlands, and deserts—and the ecological and cultural impacts of their policies. With an interdisciplinary approach informed by archival research and GIS (geographical information system) records, this groundbreaking volume provides unique insight into patterns, transformations, and devastating ruptures throughout ecological history and offers profound conclusions about the way we continue to affect the natural systems upon which we depend.
Ruth Mostern is associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also director of the World History Center.
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Title:The Yellow River: A Natural And Unnatural History
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:376 pages, 9 X 7 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:376 pages, 9 X 7 X 0.98 in
Published:September 28, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300238334

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