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Rivers of Power - How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (Paperback) Loot Price: R212
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Rivers of Power - How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (Paperback): Laurence C...

Rivers of Power - How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (Paperback)

Laurence C Smith

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'As fascinating as it is beautifully written' JARED DIAMOND, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel Rivers, more than any road, technology or political event, have shaped the course of civilization. Rivers have opened frontiers, defined borders, supported trade, generated energy and fed billions. Most of our greatest cities stand on river banks or deltas, and our quest for mastery has spurred staggering advances in engineering, science and law. Rivers and their topographic divides have shaped the territories of nations and the migration of peoples, and yet - as their resources become ever more precious - can foster cooperation even among enemy states. And though they become increasingly domesticated, they remain a formidable global force: these vast arterial powers promote life but are capable of destroying everything in their path. From ancient Egypt to our growing contemporary metropolises, Rivers of Power reveals why rivers matter so profoundly to human civilization, and how they continue to be indispensable to our societies and wellbeing. 'Takes readers on a tour of the world's great rivers - past, present and future. The result is fascinating, eye-opening, sometimes alarming, and ultimately inspiring' Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction 'A tour de force ... From Herodotus musing on the Nile to the dam makers of modern China, this is their story' Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers Run Dry 'Instructive and entertaining' The Times

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Imprint: Penguin Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2021
Authors: Laurence C Smith
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-198723-1
Categories: Books > Earth & environment > Geography > Historical geography
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > International relations > Embargos & sanctions
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences > The hydrosphere > General
Books > History > World history > General
LSN: 0-14-198723-5
Barcode: 9780141987231

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