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The King's Harvest: A Political Ecology of China from the First Farmers to the First Empire

Brian Lander

Abstract

This book is a multidisciplinary study of the ecology of China's early political systems up to the fall of the first empire in 207 BCE. The book traces the formation of lowland North China's agricultural systems and the transformation of its plains from diverse forestland and steppes to farmland. The book argues that the growth of states in ancient China, and elsewhere, was based on their ability to exploit the labor and resources of those who harnessed photosynthetic energy from domesticated plants and animals. Focusing on the state of Qin, the book amalgamates abundant new scientific, archae ... More

Keywords: ancient China, lowland North China, agricultural systems, Chinese agriculture, farmland, Yellow River region, agroecosystems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300255089
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300255089.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Lander, author
Brown University