Rivers of Power – How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our Wo…
Rivers of Power – How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (UK Edition)
English | 21 April 2020 | ISBN: 0241333865 | EPUB | 368 pages | 37.4 MB
‘As fascinating as it is beautifully written’ JARED DIAMOND, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel
Rivers, more than any road, technology or political event, have shaped the course of civilization.
Rivers have opened frontiers, defined borders, supported trade, generated energy and fed billions. Most of our greatest cities stand on river banks or deltas, and our quest for mastery has spurred staggering advances in engineering, science and law. Rivers and their topographic divides have shaped the territories of nations and the migration of peoples, and yet – as their resources become ever more precious – can foster cooperation even among enemy states. And even as they become increasingly domesticated, they remain a formidable global force: these vast arterial powers promote life but are capable of destroying everything in their path.
From ancient Egypt to our growing contemporary metropolises, Rivers of…