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  • 06 July 2019
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  1. says:

    This was a very difficult book to read💫I spent two months in understanding and appreciating this research I took than 120 notes and annotations Unruly Waters talks about climate change politics human ideas and human ideologies Every subject is connected with the others and everything is important to understand modern Asia The author starts with India and monsoons This first part was very fascinating and enlightening talking about climate periods in Asia especially in Indian area The story of the country is long so the author chooses to focus on colonial time It is a good choice just because this was the time of new engineerings and new machines that were used then in industrial locations Really fascinating was the description of waters system in Asia the Himalayans rivers run through sixteen countries for esample and the mountains are so big to shape Earth's climate because of concentration of snow ice heat and melting water In Asia there is than half of the world's population but it contains less freshwater than any continent All twenty cities in the world with the largest populations vulnerable to rising sea levels are in Asia On fact is clear we live in the world created by our earlier generations' dreams and fear of water Unruly Waters tells the story of how colonialism science politics culture have changed Asia's world and Asia's waters the past two hundred years The ecology of water is a conseuential of moder history and of its cultural and political transitions The landscape is like the mirror of human behavior This book has its focus on India because this country was central to the history of British Empire linked to the history of climate change This is a well researched book; the author wrote it from 2012 to 2015 and he did a great job The problem is that I'm not the right audience even if I understand everything and appreciate the Historical elements in it I was interested for example in the Mughal realm that expanded in XVI century and its territory was far into South India In the Mughal tradition of landscape architecture gardens were basic symbolic and aesthetic places they were places of beauty and sensual pleasure Water was important for gardens and traditions and culture A lot of historical facts are described in this book if you are a curious person I totally recomend this book

  2. says:

    Unruly Waters is the history of hydrology in India Sounds boring? It probably is not as interesting as political or military histories but it is no less illuminating probably even soThe notion of British rule as a tyanny is so ingrained that it was pleasantly surprising to read about dedicated civil servants working to solve a problem that affected people gravely than British atrocities the Monsoon It makes you think that all Britishers were not in India to merely insult Indians with racist slursAmrith does a meticulous job of chronicling the history of water management in India Initially it does appear tedious and the prose feels repetitious However what struck me is the incredible amount of research done by Amrith in the pursuit of this off the beaten track history of India Just reading the bibliography should be an interesting read for most and a lesson in historical writingMost of the book is focused on India and so the title's Asia reference is slightly misleading A comparative history would've been fascinating but Amrith pays lip service to Chinese history Maybe he didn't have time or interest in researching Chinese Pakistani and Southeast Asian history to the same levelThe last chapters describing the current and future state of water in India makes for very distressing reading especially if you have lived it and know that there is very little hope I felt Amrith's references were a little weaker here than his initial chapters and he migrated from historical analysis to current policy analysis in the last chapterOverall a scary book about where we are going that puts our challenges in historical perspective

  3. says:

    In general this text influenced my thoughts on environmental history less than Amrith's previous book but I was surprised and intrigued by 3 major contributions nonetheless The first is the way that the capture of Tibet by China can be seen as a capture of regional hydro supremacy the Himalayas are the biggest source of regional freshwater Second is the way in which water infrastructure and the improvements it brought to agriculture set the precise conditions for present day water scarcity not unlike the situation in California Finally the last chapter on the oceans and climate change set the tone for the purpose that histories like this serve they illuminate that what we used to 'know' may not save us from a rapidly changing presentfuture I'd have liked to have seen about the way that water figured into famine avoidance and how that narrative of hunger fuelled the uest for water in early independent India but that could just be my inner food historian 35 stars

  4. says:

    The subtitle of the book perfectly catches it's contents how Himalayan rivers and the monsoon have shaped the history of South Asia A wonderful book at the intersection between climatology hydrology environmental sciences history geography economics and politics For too long I and I guess most Europeans have read the history of people outside of Europe as narrated by Europeans This book beautifully demonstrates why we need to pay attention to their history as told by themselves

  5. says:

    A very interesting insight into how the uest for water in colonial India shaped British policy and activities and has continued to shape those of the independent government I was expecting this to cover of Asia but the discussion of India and the Himalayas was very well done

  6. says:

    like a history of india then about water rivers

  7. says:

    Wish it included of Southeast and East Asia but as far as South Asia goes perfect

  8. says:

    Given the numerous civilisations that have flourished in South Asia from the Indus Valley Civilisation through the conuests of Alexander the Great onwards I had expected this book to cover much of the history of humankind In fact it only covers the last 200 years or so mainly from the time of the British Raj onwardsThe supply of water to this part of the world is entirely dominated by two things the Indian Ocean monsoon and the rivers flowing from the Himalayas They create a uniue and fragile water system and one which in relation to the size of the population produces only a fraction of the freshwater that the rest of the world has access to Over the last 100 years dams and groundwater pumps have allowed South Asian nations to better irrigate their land but these come at increasing ecological costs Groundwater levels have fallen alarmingly and dams built upstream deprive those further downstream of the water meaning that control over the Himalayan sources of Asia's major rivers is becoming ever important One senses that year by year the likelihood of famine war and environmental disaster in this part of the world is getting ever likely

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Unruly Waters

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Odern battle both to understand and manage water has literally been a matter of life or deathToday 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 this highly original work of history is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only Asia's past but its futur. A very interesting insight into how the uest for water in colonial Indi

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Throughout South Asia shaped visions of political independence and economic development provoked efforts to reshape nature through dams and pumps and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nationsEvery year humans have watched with overwhelming anxiety for the nature of that year's monsoon to be revealed with entire populations living or dying on the outcome From the first small weather reporting stations to today's satellites the m. The subtitle of the book perfectly catches it's contents how Himalayan

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A bold new perspective on the history of South Asia telling its story through its climate and the long uest to tame its watersSouth Asia's history has been shaped by its waters In Unruly Waters historian Sunil Amrith reimagines this history through the stories of its rains rivers coasts rivers and seas and of the weather watchers and engineers mapmakers and farmers who have sought to control them He shows how fears and dreams of water have. Unruly Waters is the history of hydrology in India Sounds boring It pr

About the Author: Sunil Amrith

Sunil Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History and a Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics Sunil Amrith grew up in Singapore and received a BA 2000 and PhD 2005 from the University of Cambridge He was a research fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge 2004–2006 and taught modern Asian history at Birkbeck Colleg