New PDF release: A world of water: rain, rivers and seas in Southeast Asian

By P Boomgaard

ISBN-10: 906718294X

ISBN-13: 9789067182942

Water, in its many guises, has continuously performed a robust position in shaping Southeast Asian histories, cultures, societies, and economies. those essays symbolize a large diversity of techniques to the examine of Southeast Asia with water because the valuable subject. because it used to be uncovered to the ocean, the zone used to be extra obtainable to open air political, fiscal and cultural affects than many landlocked parts. easy accessibility via sea routes additionally influenced exchange. even though, an analogous quick access made Southeast Asia liable to political keep watch over by way of powerful outsiders. the ocean is, furthermore, a resource of nutrition, but additionally of many risks. whilst, Southeast Asian societies and cultures are faced with and permeated by way of "water from heaven" within the type of rain, flash floods, irrigation water, water in rivers, brooks, and swaps, water-driven strength vegetation, and pumped or piped water, as well as water as a provider of sewage and pollutants. ultimately, the quantity bargains with the function of water in category structures, ideals, myths, disorder, and therapeutic.

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Nash, Linda 1993 ‘Water quality and health’, in: Peter H. ), Water in crisis; A guide to the world’s fresh water resources, pp. 25-39. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Postel, Sandra 1993 ‘Water and agriculture’, in: Peter H. ), Water in crisis; A guide to the world’s fresh water resources, pp. 56-66. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pottier, Christophe 2000 ‘Some evidence of an inter-relationship between hydraulic features and rice field patterns at Angkor during ancient times’, The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies 18:99-120.

36 New road networks and the coming of the bicycle and the automobile further freed people from dependence on water transport, while the telegraph and air travel slashed communication times. This revolution in transport supported the creation of a new political and economic order in Southeast Asia, in which land seemed to triumph over sea, and new types of cities became the centres of theoretically integrated states within clear borders. Times had changed. We have seen that the old views of European hegemony in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries have had to make way for recognition of continuities in the Asian maritime world.

Hirsch, Philip 1998 ‘Dams, resources and the politics of environment in mainland Southeast Asia’, in: Philip Hirsch and Carol Warren (eds), The politics of environment in Southeast Asia; Resources and resistance, pp. 55-70. London/New York: Routledge. Hunt, Robert C. ; Water user associations in bureaucratic canal irrigation systems’, Human Organization 48-1:79-90. ), The gift of water; Water management, cosmology and the state in South East Asia, pp. 73-85. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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