Thirst: For Water and Power in the Ancient World

Forsideomslag
Harvard University Press, 26. nov. 2012 - 234 sider
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Freshwater shortages will affect 75% of the world’s population by 2050. Mithen puts this crisis into context by exploring 10,000 years of water management. Thirst tells of civilizations defeated by the water challenge, and of technological ingenuity that sustained communities in hostile environments. Work with nature, not against it, he advises.
 

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1 Thirst For knowledge of the past and lessons for the future
1
2 The water revolution Be origins of water management in the Levant 15 million years ago to 700 BC
12
3 The black fields became whitethe broad plainwas choked with salt Water management and the rise and fall of Sumerian civilisation 5000 1600 BC
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4 Water is the best thing of all Pindar of Thebes 476 BC Water management by the Minoans Mycenaeans and Ancient Greeks 2100146 BC
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5 A watery paradise in Petra Be Nabataeans masters of the desert 300 BCAD 106
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6 Building rivers and taking baths Rome and Constantinople 400 BCAD 800
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7 A million men with teaspoons Hydraulic engineering in Ancient China 900 BCAD 907
150
8 The hydraulic city Water management by the kings of Angkor AD 8021327
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9 Almost a civilisation Hohokam irrigation in the American SouthWest AD 11450
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10 Life and death of the water lily monster Water and the rise and fall of Mayan civilisation 2000 BCAD 1000
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11 Water poetry in the Sacred Valley Hydraulic engineering by the Incas AD 12001572
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12 An unquenched thirst For water and for knowledge of the past
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Notes
300
Bibliography
319
Index
339
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