Profits Of Nature: Colonial Development And The Quest For Resources In Nineteenth-Century China - Lavelle, Peter B.

Profits Of Nature: Colonial Development And The Quest For Resources In Nineteenth-Century China

Peter B. Lavelle

Yayınevi: Columbia University Press

Yayın tarihi: 03/2020

ISBN: 9780231194709

Ciltli | İngilizce | 304 Sayfa | 15,24 x 22,86 x 0,00 cm.

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In China's impoverished northwest, farmers eked out a living on exhausted soils afflicted by drought and famine. Yet it was here, in this unlikely place, that the powerful Qing official Zuo Zongtang launched his most ambitious schemes to make China prosper. Lavelle makes a dramatic story out of Zuo's dedication to economic development. Deeply grounded in ecological and global perspectives, Lavelle's study gives us a compelling explanation of how Chinese officials have pursued wealth and power over the past 150 years. (Peter C. Perdue, Yale University)

Lavelle's extensively researched and skillfully crafted study is notable for its mastery of a wide range of late Qing sources and its ability to combine environmental, economic, political, and intellectual dimensions of China's tumultuous nineteenth-century history into a coherent and compelling narrative. The book also extends the implications of its argument beyond China by situating the subject matter within a broader global dynamic of colonial development. (Micah Muscolino, University of California, San Diego)

Profits of Nature is an outstanding work that sheds new light on nineteenth century Chinese efforts to manage both manmade and natural disasters through the adoption of new technologies in agriculture, forestry, and industry, in the process transforming the heartland and borderlands of the empire. Lavelle’s groundbreaking book is a welcome contribution for Qing historians, historians of science and technology, and environmental studies. (Shellen X. Wu, author of Empires of Coal: Fueling China's Entry Into the Modern World Order)

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