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Yangtze: Nature, history, and the river (The Portable Stanford)

Van Slyke, Lyman P

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ISBN 10: 0916318281 / ISBN 13: 9780916318284
Published by Stanford Alumni Assoc, 1988
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Title: Yangtze: Nature, history, and the river (The...

Publisher: Stanford Alumni Assoc

Publication Date: 1988

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1ST.

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As the central artery of a far-flung economic region, the Yangtze River carries four-fifths of China's waterborne traffic along its 3900-mile length. The river sustains 70% of the country's grain output, and some 300 million people live along its banks. But the "Long River," as the Chinese call it, is more than an overwhelming geographical fact: it is a collective memory that threads its way through China's consciousness. Shuttling back and forth over centuries, Van Slyke, professor of history at Stanford, ties the Yangtze to the history of canal-building, the rise of Shanghai from fishing port to commercial magnet, opium traffic, political infighting, the little-known saga of the tung-oil trade (which rivals the romance of silk and tea), sail designs of junks, and much else. The book is an admirable attempt to pierce the paradox of a people steeped in sense of place, yet ever on the move. Photos not seen by PW.
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