Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China

Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China

by Robert Marks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521027764

ISBN-13: 9780521027762

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Challenging the conventional wisdom of Western environmental historians, this book examines the correlations between economic and environmental changes in the southern imperial Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi (a region historically known as Lingnan, "South of the Mountains") from 1400 to 1850. Marks discusses the impact of population growth on land use…  See more details below

Overview

Challenging the conventional wisdom of Western environmental historians, this book examines the correlations between economic and environmental changes in the southern imperial Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi (a region historically known as Lingnan, "South of the Mountains") from 1400 to 1850. Marks discusses the impact of population growth on land use patterns, the agro-ecology, and deforestation; the commercialization of agriculture and its implications; the impact of climatic change on agriculture; and the ways in which the human population responded to environmental challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027762
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps, figures, and tables; Dynasties, Qing dynasty Emperors' reign dates, and weights and measures; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. 'Firs and pines a hundred spans round': the natural environment of Lingnan; 2. 'All deeply forested and wild places are not malarious': human settlement and ecological change in Lingnan, 2–1400 CE; 3. 'Agriculture is the foundation': economic recovery and development of Lingnan during the Ming Dynasty, 1368–1644; 4. 'All the people have fled': war and the environment in the mid-seventeenth century crisis, 1644–83; 5. 'Rich households compete to build ships': overseas trade and economic recovery; 6. 'It never used to snow': climate change and agricultural productivity; 7. 'There is only a certain amount of grain produced': granaries and the role of the state in the food supply system; 8. 'Trade in rice is brisk:' market integration and the environment; 9. 'Population increases daily, but the land does not': land clearance in the eighteenth century; 10. 'People said that extinction was not possible': the ecological consequences of land clearance; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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