Human Impact on the Chinese Landscape

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Science  16 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5669, pp. 391-392
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096803

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The Retreat of the Elephants An Environmental History of China. by Mark Elvin. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2004. 592 pp. $39.95, £25. ISBN 0-300-10111-2.

Drawing on some 3000 years of written records, Elvin chronicles the impact of humans on the environment of China, paying particular attention to views and feelings of the Chinese toward their landscape.