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A masterful overview of China as a hydraulic kingdom
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
Wittfogel suggested that China was an example of a hydraulic kingdom - where the management of water, the construction of irrigation and canals meant that despotism arose easily. Philip Ball shows how this concept might apply to China, seeing how the management of water was a matter of political survival and legitimacy. The management of water is a understated reality of China and deserves to be explored further.