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Rivers: A Very Short Introduction

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.
Rivers: A Very Short Introduction
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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.
Nick Middleton has traveled to more than seventy countries. He is the author of several travel books and the 2001 United Kingdom bestseller "Going to Extremes," He won the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award in 2002, in recognition of his widening the public enthusiasm for geography through travel writing. When he is not traveling or writing, he teaches geography at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St. Anne's College.
INTRODUCTION; EPILOGUE; FURTHER READING
This small paperback is a succinct and yet impressively broad and engaging introduction to the subject ... Middleton covers an astonishing amount of ground in five chapters. Martin Smart, Geographical
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.
Wide-ranging account of the impact of rivers on land, human history, animal and plants, and in artistic expression
Explores the cultural resonances of rivers with their own myths and romance
Considers the role rivers have played in human history from settlements and trade to warfare
Looks at the human impact upon rivers by dams, cutting of channels, and the effects on wildlife
A global look at rivers with examples from all continents, including Egypt, India, and Bangladesh
Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide
Author
Nick Middleton
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0199588678
ISBN-13
9780199588671
Media
Book
Pages
152
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Series
Very Short Introductions
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
551.483
Illustrations
12 black and white illustrations
Short Title
RIVERS
Language
English
Publication Date
2012-04-26
Audience
College/Higher Education
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