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The Yellow River
Author: David Pietz

ISBN: 9780674058248
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 21 December 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3 x 2.5
Description:


Flowing through the heart of the North China Plain-home to 200 million people-the Yellow River sustains one of China's core regions. Yet this vital water supply has become highly vulnerable in recent decades, with potentially serious repercussions for China's economic, social, and political stability. The Yellow River is an investigative expedition to the source of China's contemporary water crisis, mapping the confluence of forces that have shaped the predicament that the world's most populous nation now faces in managing its water reserves.



Chinese governments have long struggled to maintain ecological stability along the Yellow River, undertaking ambitious programs of canal and dike construction to mitigate the effects of recurrent droughts and floods. But particularly during the Maoist years the North China Plain was radically re-engineered to utilize every drop of water for irrigation and hydroelectric generation. As David A. Pietz shows, Maoist water management from 1949 to 1976 cast a long shadow over the reform period, beginning in 1978. Rapid urban growth, indu...

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