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Exploiting Shangri-La: Assessing the Tibetan Plateau's Natural Resources and the Work of Karl Wittfogel
Review of European Studies
This paper applies Karl Wittfogel' s theory of hydraulic societies to China’s relationship with Tibet. It argues that the Chinese are interested in control over Tibet not only for its land, location, or wealth of natural resources, but also for control of its headwaters. Hundreds of millions of people rely on the numerous large rivers that start in the Tibetan plateau, making the region a critically important water supply for Asia. Wittfogel’s work theorizes that China’sdoi:10.5539/res.v12n1p1 fatcat:szcbfdy44ffyzlxqgc2jfv62yi