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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra

Arupjyoti Saikia


At the turn of the twentieth century the human reshaping of the Brahmaputra and its extended ecological relations has become a reality. This biography of the Brahmaputra reimagines the layered history of Assam with the unquiet river at the centre. The Unquiet River combines a wide range of disciplinary scholarship to unravel the river which has always been an agent in both landscape engineering and the crafting of different livelihoods. This biography of the Brahmaputra, by way of an environmental history of the river, tells the story of the making of the river, its floodplains, and the human ... More

Keywords: Brahmaputra, History, Environmental History, Riverine Lives, Fluvial Geography, Embankments, Floodplains, Floods, Hydropower, Agriculture, Boats, Ships, Dredging, Earthquakes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199468119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arupjyoti Saikia, author
Professor in History and Suryya Kumar Bhuyan Endowment Chair on Assam History, IIT Guwahati