Sunil Amrith Releases his New Book - Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History

December 14, 2018

Sunil Amrith’s new book, Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History, explores the tremendous influence of water in defining Asia’s past, shaping it’s present, and determining it’s future. From Unruly Waters: “Despite its ferociously wet climate of monsoons and cyclones, Asia contains less usable freshwater than any continent except Antarctica. Nevertheless, more than half the world’s population calls Asia home. . . . In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith boldly reimagines Asia’s history through the stories of rains, rivers, coasts, and seas – and of the weather-watchers and engineers, mapmakers and farmers who have sought to tame and control them. From the nineteenth century to the present, dreams and fears of water have informed visions of political independence and economic development, provoked efforts to transform nature through dams and pumps, and unleashed powerful tensions within and between nations. . . . In an age of climate change, Unruly Waters is an urgent new perspective on the history of Asia, and essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how the continent’s past shapes and constrains its possible futures.” – inside flap