Friday, January 07, 2022

Pg. 99: Brian Lander's "The King's Harvest"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The King's Harvest: A Political Ecology of China from the First Farmers to the First Empire by Brian Lander.

About the book, from the publisher:
A multidisciplinary environmental history of early China’s political systems, featuring newly available Chinese archaeological data

This book is a multidisciplinary study of the ecology of China’s early political systems up to the fall of the first empire in 207 BCE. Brian Lander traces the formation of lowland North China’s agricultural systems and the transformation of its plains from diverse forestland and steppes to farmland. He argues that the growth of states in ancient China, and elsewhere, was based on their ability to exploit the labor and resources of those who harnessed photosynthetic energy from domesticated plants and animals. Focusing on the state of Qin, Lander amalgamates abundant new scientific, archaeological, and excavated documentary sources to argue that the human domination of the central Yellow River region, and the rest of the planet, was made possible by the development of complex political structures that managed and expanded agroecosystems.
Learn more about The King's Harvest at the Yale University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: The King's Harvest by Brian Lander.

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