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Author Chetham, Deirdre, 1954-

Title Before the deluge : the vanishing world of the upper Yangtzu River / Deirdre Chetham.

Published New York : Palgrave, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  951.38 CHET    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 296 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Map of China xi -- Map of Three Gorges xii -- Dynasties and Other Historical Periods xvii -- Chapter 1 Towns 7 -- Chapter 2 History and Myth 31 -- Chapter 3 Traditional Life 49 -- Chapter 4 Outside Pressures 71 -- Chapter 5 Change from Within 91 -- Chapter 6 War Along the Yangtze 107 -- Chapter 7 Remaking Man and Nature 125 -- Chapter 8 Decisions and Delays 145 -- Chapter 9 New Currents 163 -- Chapter 10 Dam 177 -- Chapter 11 From Past to Present 203 -- Chapter 12 Eve of the Flood 219 -- Appendix I Yangtze River Facts and Figures 251 -- Appendix II Three Gorges Dam Facts and Figures 253 -- Appendix III Impact of the Three Gorges Dam on Selected Locations 255.
Summary So Begins Deirdre Chetham's elegiac book about the towns along the banks of the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River, written on the very eve of their destruction. The Yangtze flows 3,900 miles eastward from its source on the Tibetan-Qinghai plateau, where the Mekong and Salween also make their start, to Shanghai and the East China Sea. After great controversy, the Chinese government has begun construction of the world's largest hydroelectric dam in the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze, a place renowned for its beauty. For over two thousand years, the Yangtze has been the great transport route linking the coast with the west and southwest and providing irrigation for the farms that feed China. Once the dam is completed in 2009, the water level will rise as much as 350 feet in a hundred-mile stretch of the river. The water will submerge over a dozen large cities, almost 1,500 villages and towns, and innumerable historical and cultural sites. Over a million people are being moved, voluntarily or otherwise, altering not only their lives, but the lives of a multitude of others whose existence is intertwined with the river. A region already struggling with the impact of widespread rural migration is confronting the reality of having even fewer incentives to keep its youth in an area many wish to flee.
Before the Deluge captures a sense of the daily life, traditions, and history of the people who live along the Upper Yangtze's Three Gorges area. It chronicles the region's past and present with an eye on the disruption of an existing way of life. Perhaps most importantly, it captures a world that is rapidly vanishing under the rushing waters of one of the world's largest rivers.
Subject Dams -- Environmental aspects -- China -- Yangtze River Gorges.
Yangtze River Region (China) -- History.
Yangtze River Region (China) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0312214170