Elixir

Elixir

A History of Water and Humankind

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Baker & Taylor
A five-millennia narrative history of the role of water in shaping civilization covers topics ranging from the aqueducts of ancient Greece and the centuries-long efforts to tame rivers in China to the Industrial Revolution and present-day efforts to solve sustainability problems. By the author of The Great Warming. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
In Elixir, New York Times bestselling author Brian Fagan tells the story of our most vital resource and how it has shaped our history, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sunbelt. Fagan relates how every human society has been shaped by its relationship to our most essential resource. This sweeping narrative moves across the world, from ancient Greece and Rome, whose mighty aqueducts still supply modern cities, to China, where emperors marshaled armies of laborers in a centuries-long struggle to tame powerful rivers. As the earth's population approaches nine billion and ancient aquifers run dry, we once again remember the importance of this vital resource. To solve the water crises of the future, we may need to adapt the water ethos of our ancestors, captured here in rich detail by Brian Fagan.

Now in paperback, the story of our most vital resource and how it has shaped our history, from New York Times bestselling author Brian Fagan



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A history of the role of water in shaping civilization covers the aqueducts of ancient Greece, the centuries-long efforts to tame rivers in China, the Industrial Revolution, and present-day efforts to solve sustainability problems.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608193370
9781608190034
Branch Call Number: 553.7 FAG
Characteristics: xxvii, 384 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: History of water and humankind

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ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2015

According to anthropologist Brian Fagan, water is "an integral part of our lives that we never think about," which (he adds) is a huge mistake on our part, as it's perhaps the most influential force to ever shape human civilization. In this narrative history, Fagan covers important milestones in the relationship between humans and water, one that spans millennia - from approximately 10,000 BCE to the present. Whether discussing aquifers or aqueducts, hydroelectric power or hydroponics systems, Elixir brings together the historical, cultural, religious, scientific, and philosophical dimensions of water. Nature and Science April 2015 newsletter.

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