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Forest and Land Management in Imperial China : Studies on the Chinese Economy - Nicholas K. Menzies

Forest and Land Management in Imperial China

Studies on the Chinese Economy

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1994
ISBN: 9780333600481
Number Of Pages: 175

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Although China is generally considered to have suffered continuous deforestation over most of its history, forests were protected or even planted and maintained for centuries in some places. This study identifies six such cases. It uses historical evidence to show that individuals and communities act to manage resources sustainably for a number of reasons including economic benefit, religious or symbolic purposes, and that sustainability of the management system depends on the form of control exerted over the resource. This is an inter-disciplinary work combining historical, sociological and ecological methods. It examines issues of ecological sustainability over several centuries and makes critical use of Chinese documentary sources.

List of Maps - List of Tables - Introduction - Forests in China - Forest Stability and Decline: A Delicate Balance - The Mulan Weichang Imperial Hunting Enclosure - Temple and Monastic Forests - Clans, Communities, and Commons - Trees in Agricultural Systems - Beyond Timber: Fuelwood, Sericulture, and Fungi - In the Depths of the Mountains: Logging the Old Growth - Discussion and Conclusions - Appendix - References - Index

ISBN: 9780333600481
ISBN-10: 0333600487
Series: Studies on the Chinese Economy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2