The Resource Rivers of power : how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world, Laurence C Smith

Rivers of power : how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world, Laurence C Smith

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Rivers of power : how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world
Title
Rivers of power
Title remainder
how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world
Statement of responsibility
Laurence C Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
Rivers, more than any road, technology, or political leader, have shaped the course of human civilization. They have opened frontiers, founded cities, settled borders, and fed billions. They promote life, forge peace, grant power, and can capriciously destroy everything in their path. Even today, rivers remain a powerful global force -- one that is more critical than ever to our future. In Rivers of Power, geographer Laurence C. Smith explores the timeless yet underappreciated relationship between rivers and civilization as we know it. Rivers are of course important in many practical ways (water supply, transportation, sanitation, etc). But the full breadth of their influence on the way we live is less obvious. Rivers define and transcend international borders, forcing cooperation between nations. Huge volumes of river water are used to produce energy, raw commodities, and food. Wars, politics, and demography are transformed by their devastating floods. The territorial claims of nations, their cultural and economic ties to each other, and the migrations and histories of their peoples trace back to rivers, river valleys, and the topographic divides they carve upon the world. And as climate change, technology, and cities transform our relationship with nature, new opportunities are arising to protect the waters that sustain us
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Laurence C
Dewey number
551.48/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rivers
  • History
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Rivers of power : how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world, Laurence C Smith
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The Palermo stone -- On the border -- The century of humiliation and other war stories -- Ruin and renewal -- Seizing the current -- Pork soup -- Going with the flow -- A thirst for data -- Rivers rediscovered
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316412001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1153324114
  • 1925281
Label
Rivers of power : how a natural force raised kingdoms, destroyed civilizations, and shapes our world, Laurence C Smith
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Palermo stone -- On the border -- The century of humiliation and other war stories -- Ruin and renewal -- Seizing the current -- Pork soup -- Going with the flow -- A thirst for data -- Rivers rediscovered
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316412001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1153324114
  • 1925281

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