The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128
Associate Professor, Department of History
Cambridge University Press, 2016
Recipient of the 2017 George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book on environmental history from the American Society for Environmental History, the book centers on an event in northeast China in 1048, when the Yellow River breached its banks. The river drastically changed its course and turned the Hebei Plain into a delta, altering – and in many cases destroying – the lives of millions in Hebei. Zhang drew on elements of geography, hydraulic engineering and political science, as well as scientific data, to write the book.