The Water Kingdom Ball, Philip

The Water Kingdom

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DESCRIPTION :
A secret history of China - a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story.

The Water Kingdom takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, offering a unique window through which we can begin to grasp the overwhelming complexity and teeming energy of the country and its people.

Water is a key that unlocks much of Chinese history and thought. The ubiquitous relationship that the Chinese people have had with water has made it an enduring metaphor for philosophical thought and artistic expression. From the Han emperors to Mao, the ability to manage the waters - to provide irrigation and defend against floods - became a barometer of political legitimacy, and attempts to do so have involved engineering works on a gigantic scale. Yet the strain that economic growth is putting on its water resources today may be the greatest threat to China's future.

The Water Kingdom is an epic, spell-binding story. Our guides are travellers and explorers, poets and painters, bureaucrats and activists, who have themselves struggled to come to terms with living in a world so shaped and permeated by water.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781847923554
BY (AUTHOR) Ball, Philip
PUBLISHER : Vintage Publishing PUBLICATION DATE : August 04, 2016
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : The Bodley Head Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 234 mm x 153 mm
WEIGHT : 531 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
DESCRIPTION : A secret history of China - a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story.The Water Kingdom takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, offering a unique window through which we can begin to grasp the overwhelming complexity and teeming energy of the country and its people.Water is a key that unlocks much of Chinese history and thought. The ubiquitous relationship that the Chinese people have had with water has made it an enduring metaphor for philosophical thought and artistic expression. From the Han emperors to Mao, the ability to manage the waters - to provide irrigation and defend against floods - became a barometer of political legitimacy, and attempts to do so have involved engineering works on a gigantic scale. Yet the strain that economic growth is putting on its water resources today may be the greatest threat to China's future.The Water Kingdom is an epic, spell-binding story. Our guides are travellers and explorers, poets and painters, bureaucrats and activists, who have themselves struggled to come to terms with living in a world so shaped and permeated by water. PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9781847923554 BY (AUTHOR) Ball, Philip PUBLISHER : Vintage Publishing PUBLICATION DATE : August 04, 2016 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : The Bodley Head Ltd LANGUAGE : English AGE : General PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 234 mm x 153 mm WEIGHT : 531 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : History & Archaeology