Mao's War Against Nature Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China

ISBN-10: 0521786800
ISBN-13: 9780521786805
Edition: 2001 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.

Yolanda Murphy, previously on the faculty of Empire State College (SUNY), is retired.Robert F. Murphy was professor of anthropology at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles, including Headhunter's Heritage: Social and Economic Change Among the Munduruc� Indiansand The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled,for which he won a Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award.R. Brian Ferguson, editor of the foreword, is professor of anthropology at Rutgers University -- Newark. His books include The State, Identity, and Violenceand Yanomami Warfare: A Political History.

Politics and the Environment
Revolutionary China
Introduction
Population, dams and political repression
Deforestation, famine, and utopian urgency
Grainfields in lakes and dogmatic uniformity
War preparations and forcible relocations
The legacy

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