Landscape Change and Resource Utilization in East Asia: Perspectives from Environmental History

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Ts'ui-jung Liu, Andrea Janku, David Pietz
Routledge, May 15, 2018 - History - 224 pages

Covering the ancient period through to the 21st century, this book examines how landscapes have changed across East Asia over time. Featuring examples of a variety of landscapes, from the riverine and agricultural to the urban and aesthetic, this books thus presents a comprehensive review of East Asian environmental history.

The eleven chapters, written by an international team of leading scholars, provide analysis of a wide range of spatial, temporal, and thematic considerations. Seeking to use the concept of landscape to evaluate the opportunities and constraints faced by East Asian communities, it also explores the relationship between landscape transformation and human agency. In so doing, it aims to survey the current methodology and scholarship in the field and demonstrate a new approach which encompasses socio-economic and cultural history, as well as GIS-based geographical studies.

Providing an in-depth examination of landscape change across the sub-regions of China and Japan, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Asian History and Environmental Studies.


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flooding disasters and river regulation of
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Ecological construction in coastal Southeast China
the development of environmental
Nature worship and the environment in Song China
The mountain spirits and lake monsters of Xinjiang Province during the Qing

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Ts’ui-jung Liu is Adjunct Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Andrea Janku is Senior Lecturer in Chinese History at SOAS, University of London, UK.

David Pietz is Professor of Chinese History, Director of Global Studies, and the UNESCO Chair in Environmental History at the University of Arizona, USA.

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