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Author Wilson, Roderick I. (Roderick Ike), author.

Title Turbulent streams : an environmental history of Japan's rivers, 1600-1930 / by Roderick I. Wilson
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 294 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
Series Brill's Japanese studies library, 0925-6512 ; volume 68
Brill's Japanese studies library ; v. 68.
Contents Riparian relations in the Kantō Region -- The Kantō Region under the Tokugawa government -- Engineering and river engineers in the age of imperialism -- Confluence along the Yodo River -- Constructing the modern river regime in Japan
Summary "In Turbulent Streams: An Environmental History of Japan's Rivers, 1600-1920, Roderick I. Wilson describes how the rivers of Japan are both hydrologically and historically dynamic. Today, these waterways are slowed, channeled, diverted, and dammed by a myriad of levees, multiton concrete tetrapods, and massive multipurpose dams. In part, this intensive engineering arises from the waterways falling great elevations over short distances, flowing over unstable rock and soil, and receiving large quantities of precipitation during monsoons and typhoons. But this modern river regime is also the product of a history that narrowed both these waterways and people's diverse interactions with them in the name of flood control. Neither a story of technological progress nor environmental decline, this history introduces the concept of environmental relations as a category of historical analysis both to explore these fluvial interactions and reveal underappreciated dimensions of Japanese history"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed
Subject River engineering -- Japan -- History
River engineering -- Government policy -- Japan
Riparian areas -- Japan -- History
Riparian areas -- Management -- Government policy -- Japan
Riparian areas
River engineering
Tone River (Japan)
Yodo River (Japan)
Japan -- Environmental conditions
Japan -- Tone River
Japan -- Yodo River
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021011063
ISBN 9004438238