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Author Marks, Robert, 1949-

Title Tigers, rice, silk, and silt : environment and economy in late imperial south China / Robert B. Marks
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (1 electronic recource (xix, 383 pages)) : illustrations, maps
Series Studies in environment and history
Studies in environment and history
Contents Dynasties, Qing Dynasty Emperors' Reign Dates, and Weights and Measures -- 1. "Firs and Pines a Hundred Spans Round": The Natural Environment of Lingnan -- 2. "All Deeply Forested and Wild Places Are Not Malarious": Human Settlement and Ecological Change in Lingnan, 2-1400 CE -- 3. "Agriculture Is the Foundation": Economic Recovery and Development of Lingnan during the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 -- 4. "All the People Have Fled": War and the Environment in the Mid-Seventeenth-Century Crisis, 1644-83 -- 5. "Rich Households Compete to Build Ships": Overseas Trade and Economic Recovery -- 6. "It Never Used to Snow": Climatic Change and Agricultural Productivity -- 7. "There Is Only a Certain Amount of Grain Produced": Granaries and the Role of the State in the Food Supply System -- 8. "Trade in Rice Is Brisk": Market Integration and the Environment -- 9. "Population Increases Daily, but the Land Does Not": Land Clearance in the Eighteenth Century -- 10. "People Said that Extinction Was Not Possible": The Ecological Consequences of Land Clearance
Summary Challenging the conventional wisdom conveyed by Western environmental historians about China, this book examines the correlations between economic and environmental changes in the southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi from 1400 to 1850, but also provides substantial background from 2CE on. Robert Marks discusses the impact of population growth on land-use patterns, the agro-ecology of the region, and deforestation; the commercialization of agriculture and its implications for ecological change; the impact of climatic change on agriculture; and the ways in which the human population responded to environmental challenges. This book is a significant contribution to both Chinese and environmental history. It is groundbreaking in its methods and in its findings
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 346-370) and index
Notes English
Subject Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- China -- History
Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- China -- History
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- China -- History
Economic development -- Environmental aspects.
Economic history.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Qing Dynasty (China)
China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Guangdong Sheng (China) -- Economic conditions
Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu (China) -- Economic conditions
China -- Guangdong Sheng.
China -- Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96053322
ISBN 9786610153220