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In clear and compelling prose, Judith Shapiro relates the great, untold story of the devastating impact of Chinese politics on China's environment during the Mao years. Maoist China provides an example of extreme human interference in the natural world in an era in which human relationships were also unusually distorted. Under Mao, the traditional Chinese ideal of "harmony between heaven and humans" was abrogated in favor of Mao's insistence that "Man Must Conquer Nature." Mao and the Chinese Communist Party's "war" to bend the physical world to human will often had disastrous consequences both for human beings and the natural environment. Mao's War Against Nature argues that the abuse of people and the abuse of nature are often linked. Shapiro's account, told in part through the voices of average Chinese citizens and officials who lived through and participated in some of the destructive campaigns, is both eye-opening and heartbreaking. Judith Shapiro teaches environmental politics at American University in Washington, DC. She is co-author, with Liang Heng, of several well known books on China, including Son of the Revolution (Random House, 1984) and After the Nightmare (Knopf, 1986). She was one of the first Americans to work in China after the normalization of U.S.-China relations in 1979.

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Under Mao, the traditional Chinese ideal of "harmony between heaven and humans" was abrogated in favor of Mao's insistence that "Man Must Conquer Nature." Mao and the Chinese Communist Party's "war" to bend the physical world to human will often had disastrous consequences both for human beings and the natural environment. Mao's War Against Nature argues that the abuse of the people and the abuse of nature are often linked.

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This book tells the story of environmental destruction and human suffering during the Mao years.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Population, dams and political repression; 2. Deforestation, famine, and utopian urgency; 3. Grainfields in lakes and dogmatic uniformity; 4. War preparations and forcible relocations; 5. The legacy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521786805
Editor:
Shapiro, Judith
Editor:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Editor:
Worster, Donald
Editor:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Author:
Shapiro, Judith
Author:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Author:
Worster, Donald
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Environmental policy--China--History--20th ce
Subject:
Environmental policy--China--History--20th century
Subject:
Environmental degradation--China--History--20th century
Subject:
Environmental policy - China - History -
Subject:
Environmental degradation - China - History -
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies in Environment and History
Series Volume:
106-121
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w illus. 13 maps 1 table
Pages:
332
Dimensions:
8.97x5.95x.83 in. .99 lbs.

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