Mao's War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China

Mao's War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China

by Judith Shapiro
     
 

"In clear and compelling prose, Judith Shapiro relates the great, untold story of China in the Mao years - the devastating impact of Maoist politics on China's environment. Under Mao, the traditional Chinese ideal of "Harmony between the Heavens and Humankind" was abrogated in favor of Mao's insistence that "Man Must Conquer Nature." Mao and the Chinese Communist… See more details below

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"In clear and compelling prose, Judith Shapiro relates the great, untold story of China in the Mao years - the devastating impact of Maoist politics on China's environment. Under Mao, the traditional Chinese ideal of "Harmony between the Heavens and Humankind" was abrogated in favor of Mao's insistence that "Man Must Conquer Nature." Mao and the Chinese Communist Party's "war" to bend the physical world to human will often had disastrous consequences for both human beings and the natural environment. Mao's War Against Nature argues that the abuse of people and the abuse of nature are often linked."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN-13:
9780521781503
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

Chinese Measurement Equivalents
Preface
Introduction1
1Population, Dams, and Political Repression21
2Deforestation, Famine, and Utopian Urgency67
3Grainfields in Lakes and Dogmatic Uniformity95
4War Preparations and Forcible Relocations139
5The Legacy195
Notes217
Bibliography253
Index269

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