Canal building in Asia

Brennan, Claire (2011) Canal building in Asia. In: Overfield, James H., (ed.) World History Encyclopedia, Era 7: The Age of Revolutions 1750-1914. World History Encyclopedia, 16 . ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, pp. 1025-1026.

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[Extract] The nineteenth century saw significant canal building projects in Asia as colonial powers attempted to increase agricultural productivity and exploit the ability of canals to transport goods. Large-scale canal building was not a new phenomenon in Asia. The oldest sections of China's Grand Canal, which today links Hangzhou and Beijing, date back to the fifth century BCE; the Ling Qu Canal, which links the Xang and Lijiang rivers, was begun in the third century BCE. In addition, irrigation canal works were widely used by farmers throughout Asia long before 1750. Nineteenth-century canal projects, however, were notable for their scale, their connections to colonialism, and their use of technical knowledge developed during Europe’s eighteenth-century canal-building boom.

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this is an electronic publication. The page numbers do not appear to line up with those of the paper version--the website lists the book as having 923 pages but gives my entries page numbers beyond that number.

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ISBN: 978-1-85109-930-6
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 01:18
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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