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Drawing on quite a lot of chinese language and western assets, this e-book bargains in-depth research of the entire variety of environmental difficulties dealing with China this day, from the ancient, political, financial and cultural root explanations, throughout the winning and unsuccessful efforts that have been made to discover strategies, to attainable destiny eventualities and methods.

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Not only was this a vast undertaking, which itself caused the death of thousands of labourers – with a widespread view held today ‘that a million men perished at the task, and every stone cost a human life’ (Fitzgerald, op. , p. 140) – but its environmental impact was immense. The labourers working on the wall had to be fed and housed, and materials and supplies had to be transported to them via the new roads the Emperor ordered built. People were ordered or encouraged to move into what was a potentially unstable ecosystem, one which could, and would, be destabilised by human action.

P. 32) Many of the great buildings of the Ming, such as the Temple of Heaven or the Forbidden City in Beijing, were made of wood; charcoal was used for the making of bricks or a range of other products such as iron or copper cash, and pine forests were harvested for ink, as noted above. So the forests were stripped, while agricultural activities also expanded in area and further into the uplands. As with many agriculturalists around the world, the forest was ‘an enemy’ to be cleared, so that crops could be planted and the wood used.

The sense of China’s ‘historical shame’, the humiliation inflicted by Western dominance in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, still plays an important part in Chinese perceptions and international relations. Notwithstanding the progress of recent decades, the legacies of the past still play a major role in contemporary affairs. Some legacies, however, may be ignored or almost deliberately forgotten, for ideological and other reasons. This can be to the detriment of contemporary policies, as we shall show in later chapters.

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