The Mekong Turbulent past, uncertain future

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: Milton Osborne
Creation Year: 2000
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Summary: ISBN: 1-86508-219-8 Language: English Description: The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers, and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. Empires have risen and fallen in the lands through which the Mekong flows, and it has been linked to remarkable adventure and exploration as well as war and massacre. Now that Indochina is at peace, new dangers threaten the river's future. For more than forty years Milton Osborne has been fascinated by the Mekong and its history. He has lived beside it, travelled on it and written an acclaimed account of its exploration in the nineteenth century. Here he recounts the history of the river from its earliest times to the present, a history full of the stories of remarkable men-Spanish and Portuguese freebooters and missionaries who briefly held the fate of Cambodia in their hands; French explorers who were recognised in the nineteenth century as the equal of Burton and Livingstone, but are now largely forgotten even in France; a martyred Cambodian monsignor and an Australian-educated Vietnamese reflecting on communist rule. In the present century the Mekong has been at the heart of two wars, while one of the lands along its course, Cambodia, witnessed the terrible tyranny of the Pol Pot regime. While the author's own original research has shaped his writing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the book is a masterly distillation of the river's history from the earliest times to the present. Osborne looks to the future also, as he details the major dam building on the upper Mekong in China and the construction of dams on the lower Mekong's tributaries, with the risks they pose to the river's ecology. 295 pgs
Type: Book
Geographic: Cambodia, Peoples Republic of China, Thailand, Vietnam
Materials: Paper
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