The Myth of Desertification at China’s Northwestern Frontier

  title={The Myth of Desertification at China’s Northwestern Frontier},
  author={Peter Ho},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={348 - 395}
  • P. Ho
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • History
  • Modern China
In imperial China, government action to rangeland at the northwestern frontier was for centuries determined by defense and what can be called “turning waste into use.” For the pacification of the region beyond the Great Wall, which frequently suffered from incursions by nomadic tribes, military colonies were established to reclaim land. The empire also set up Horse Pasturage Directorates (Mujian) under the auspices of the Imperial Stud (Taipusi) to ensure a steady provision of horses for… 

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