The Water Kingdom

Philip Ball
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A secret history of China – a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story. "It’s essential reading for any serious understanding of the dynamic relations between humans and nature, not only in China, but in the world at large" (Xiaolu Guo, author of I Am China).
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Selected as a Book of the Year by The Times and The Economist

China's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue. Yet, over five thousand years, one ancient element has so dramatically shaped the country's fate that it remains the key to unlocking China's story. That element is water.

In The Water Kingdom Philip Ball takes us on a grand tour of China's defining element, from the rice terraces and towering karts of its battle-worn waterways, to the vast engineering projects that have struggled to contain water's wrath. What surfaces is the secret history of a people and a nation, drawn from its deep reverence for nature's most dynamic force.

"Ball’s journey along the history, politics and culture of China’s waterways encompasses many heroes of Chinese hydrology, men who grappled with elemental forces and imperial censure and sometimes came out on top." (Isabel Hilton, the Guardian)

"In his excellent, smartly written new book, British science writer Philip Ball identifies water as "one of the most constant, significant and illuminating themes" in China's history and culture." (Jonathan Fenby, Financial Times)

"The Water Kingdom presents us with an epic portrait of China’s water management history and its deep interlacing with culture currents. It’s essential reading for any serious understanding of the dynamic relations between humans and nature, not only in China, but in the world at large." (Xiaolu Guo, author of I Am China)
 

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ISBN 9781784701543
Publisher VINTAGE
Format Paperback
Publication date 3 Aug 2017

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