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The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China

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Philip Ball

Sunday 16th October 12:45 - 13:45 | Northwood House

In 1966, at the age of 72, Mao Zedong swam in the Yangtze, symbolically asserting his authority over the river. “Our respected and beloved leader… is in such wonderful health. This is the greatest happiness for… revolutionary people throughout the world”, proclaimed the Chinese press. In the turbulent, often confusing and overwhelming currents of Chinese history, the role of water is a consistent theme and the Chinese judge their leaders by their ability to control it. Prominent in Chinese philosophy, politics, administration, economics and art, water is a key that unlocks this vast and ancient culture.  Acclaimed author, Philip Ball, explains why water is fundamental to understanding China.


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