China: Its Environment and History

China: Its Environment and History

by Robert B. Marks

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China: Its Environment and History by Robert B. Marks

This deeply informed and beautifully written book provides a comprehensive and comprehensible history of China from prehistory to the present. Focusing on the interaction of humans and their environment, Robert B. Marks traces changes in the physical and cultural world that is home to a quarter of humankind. Through both word and image, this work illuminates the chaos and paradox inherent in China’s environmental narrative, demonstrating how historically sustainable practices can, in fact, be profoundly ecologically unsound. The author also reevaluates China’s traditional “heroic” storyline, highlighting the marginalization of nature that followed the spread of Chinese civilization while examining the development of a distinctly Chinese way of relating to and altering the environment. Unmatched in his ability to synthesize a complex subject clearly and cogently, Marks has written an accessible yet nuanced history for any reader interested in China, past or present. Indeed he argues successfully that all of humanity has a stake in China’s environmental future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442212770
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Series: World Social Change
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Robert B. Marks is Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History at Whittier College.

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