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Unruly Waters

How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia's History

Sunil Amrith



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Allen Lane
03 December 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Makes the issues around the Murray-Darling look minor by comparison. Christian Hummelshöj


Asia's history has been shaped by its waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith reimagines Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers, coasts, and seas - and of the weather-watchers and engineers, mapmakers and farmers who have sought to control them.

Looking out from India, he shows how dreams and fears of water shaped visions of political independence and economic development, provoked efforts to reshape nature through dams and pumps, and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nations.

Today, Asian nations are racing to construct hundreds of dams in the Himalayas, with dire environmental impacts; hundreds of millions crowd into coastal cities threatened by cyclones and storm surges. In an age of climate change, Unruly Waters is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only Asia's past but its future.
By:   Sunil Amrith
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   648g
ISBN:   9780241247051
ISBN 10:   0241247055
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   03 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Sunil Amrith is the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He is also the author of Crossing the Bay of Bengal- The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants. He has been a Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and in 2017 was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship.

Reviews for Unruly Waters: How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia's History

In refocusing on the Bay and restoring a Braudelian sweep to its history, this nicely written and meticulously researched study could prove as timely as it is instructive. -- Praise for CROSSING THE BAY OF BENGAL: John Keay * Literary Review * There is no disappointment here. Sunil Amrith consolidates his reputation for intellectual sophistication, a good historian's sensitivity to detail and a flare for large-scale tale-telling that produces work as page-turning as a novel... He handles the big questions fearlessly and elegantly, deploying oral history, a variety of archives and private collections and a properly global understanding...Read this book for information, for convincing analytic nuance, as a humbling shake-up of one's worldview, and as a series of heart-stopping tales. -- Praise for CROSSING THE BAY OF BENGAL: Caroline Osella * Times Higher Education *

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