Rivers: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 26, 2012 - Nature - 152 pages
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Rivers have played an extraordinarily important role in creating the world in which we live. They create landscapes and provide water to people, plants and animals, nourishing both town and country. The flow of rivers has enthused poets and painters, explorers and pilgrims. Rivers have acted as cradles for civilization and agents of disaster; a river may be a barrier or a highway, it can bear trade and sediment, culture and conflict. A river may inspire or it may terrify. This Very Short Introduction is a celebration of rivers in all their diversity. Nick Middleton covers a wide and eclectic range of river-based themes, from physical geography to mythology, to industrial history and literary criticism. Worshipped and revered, respected and feared, rivers reflect both the natural and social history of our planet. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
  

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Review: Rivers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #321)

User Review  - Vikas Datta - Goodreads

Concise yet informative account of the geographical, religious, economic and environmental aspects of these mighty forces of nature Read full review

Review: Rivers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #321)

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

Heraclitus observed that one can never step into the same river twice. In fact, according to the author of this splendid book, one can never step into a river once, since it is not entirely clear what ... Read full review

Contents

1 Natures driver
1
2 Sacred flows
30
3 Liquid histories
47
4 Roads that move
70
5 Tamed rivers
84
Epilogue
117
Further reading
119
Index
123
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