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The Yellow River

The Problem of Water in Modern China

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$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674058248

Publication Date: 01/05/2015


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

23 halftones, 11 maps, 2 graphs, 3 tables


  • List of Figures, Maps, and Tables*
  • Introduction
  • 1. On the Ecological Margins
  • 2. Management and Mismanagement in the Imperial Period
  • 3. Transforming the Land of Famine
  • 4. Making the Water Run Clear
  • 5. Creating a Garden on the North China Plain
  • 6. Managing Legacies, Managing Growth
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Figures, Maps, and Tables
    • Figures
      • “Hanging” Yellow River bed
      • “Historical” Yü the Great
      • Contemporary Yü the Great
      • Engraving of the 1887 flood
      • The Obernach Yellow River Model
      • Four Yellow River channel configurations at Obernach
      • Map of the 1933 flood
      • Map of the 1935 and 1938 Huayuankou floods
      • The Huayuankou breach
      • Ambassador with a bulldozer: Harry Morrison
      • Model workers from the Huai River Engineering Project
      • Women’s Yellow River Dike Construction Brigade
      • Mao at the Yellow River, 1952
      • “Today’s USSR Is Our Tomorrow”
      • The 1955 Great Plan to transform the Yellow River
      • “Make the Mountains Bow and the Rivers Yield”
      • Mao at the 1955 Yellow River Plan Exhibition
      • Happiness Canal
      • Mao digging at Ming Tombs Reservoir
      • Idealized commune
      • Joint Sanmenxia planning meeting in the USSR
      • Mao swimming in the Yangtze River, 1966
      • Sanmenxia Dam, 1961
      • “Spring Rains”
      • “Transform China in the Spirit of the Foolish Old Man”
    • Maps
      • North China Plain
      • Yellow River Valley
      • Regional virtual water transfers
      • Historical course changes of the Yellow River
      • China’s hydrologic divide
      • Canals linking Yellow and Huai River systems by 1000
      • Yellow River drainage into the Huai River, ca. 1400
      • Yellow River drainage after 1855 dike break
      • People’s Victory Canal
      • South-to-North Water Diversion project
      • “Water Tower of Asia”
    • Tables
      • 5.1 Increase in mechanized irrigation in China
      • 6.1 Yellow River dry-ups

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