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Today our societies face great challenges with water, in terms of both quantity and quality, but many of these challenges have already existed in the past. Focusing on Asia, Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present seeks to highlight the issues that emerge or re-emerge across different societies and periods, and asks what they can tell us about water sustainability. Incorporating cutting-edge research and pioneering field surveys on past and present water management practices, the interdisciplinary contributors together identify how societies managed water resource challenges and utilised water in ways that allowed them to evolve, persist, or drastically alter their environment. The case studies, from different periods, ancient and modern, and from different regions, including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Southwest United States, the Indus Basin, the Yangtze River, the Mesopotamian floodplain, the early Islamic city of Sultan Kala in Turkmenistan, and ancient Korea, offer crucial empirical data to readers interested in comparing the dynamics of water management practices across time and space, and to those who wish to understand water-related issues through conceptual and quantitative models of water use. The case studies also challenge classical theories on water management and social evolution, examine and establish the deep historical roots and ecological foundations of water sustainability issues, and contribute new grounds for innovations in sustainable urban planning and ecological resilience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of tables
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. 1. Introduction: Interdisciplinary research into water management and societies
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  1. Part I: Modelling long-term change
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  1. 2. Holocene evolution of rivers, climate and human societies in the Indus basin
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  1. 3. Habitat hysteresis in ancient Egypt
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  1. 4. Geoarchaeology of prehistoric moated sites and water management in the Middle River Yangtze, China
  2. pp. 62-86
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  1. 5. Rice fields, water management and agricultural development in the prehistoric Lake Taihu region and the Ningshao Plain
  2. pp. 87-109
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  1. Part II: Technologies across time and space
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  1. 6. Recognition criteria for canals and rivers in the Mesopotamian floodplain
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  1. 7. The Udhruh region: A green desert in the hinterland of ancient Petra
  2. pp. 127-156
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  1. 8. Flowing into the city: Approaches to water management in the early Islamic city of Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan
  2. pp. 157-179
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  1. 9. Water management across time: Dealing with too much or too little water in ancient Mesopotamia
  2. pp. 180-199
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  1. 10. Framing urban water sustainability: Analysing infrastructure controversies in London
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  1. Part III: Water and societies
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  1. 11. Early Indian Buddhism, water and rice: Collective responses to socio-ecological stress: Relevance for global environmental discourse and Anthropocene studies
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  1. 12. Water for the state or water for the people? Wittfogel in South and South East Asia in the first millennium
  2. pp. 256-268
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  1. 13. Agricultural development, irrigation management and social resilience in ancient Korea
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. 14. Quoting Gandhi, or how to study ancient irrigation when the future depended on what one did today
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781911576693
Related ISBN
9781911576709
MARC Record
OCLC
1076883459
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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