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Rivers of empire : water, aridity, and the growth of the American West

Author: Donald Worster
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This treatise argues that the American West serves as a testament to a dependence upon water as the "shaping force" of a region's history and development. It defines the West as a "modern hydraulic  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Worster
ISBN: 0195078063 9780195078060
OCLC Number: 25164027
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Pantheon, 1985.
Description: x, 402 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : reflections in a ditch --
2. Taxonomy : the flow of power in history --
Wittfogel, Marx, and the ecology of power --
The local subsistence mode --
The agrarian state mode --
The capitalist state mode --
3. Incipience : a poor man's paradise --
t Confronting the desert : death and life --
The Lord's beavers --
In the shadow of the Rockies --
The redemption of California --
The ideology of Democratic conquest --
4. Florescence : the state and the desert --
"A commonwealth within itself" --
Passages to India --
A long, strong rope --
Failure --
5. Florescence : the grapes of wealth --
A place named Imperial --
"I never knowed they was anything like her" --
Who rules the Great Valley? --
6. Empire : water and the modern West --
"Total use for greater wealth" --
Accumulation and legitimation --
Leviathan ailing --
7. Conclusion : nature, freedom, and the West.
Responsibility: Donald Worster.
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'It is of enormous help to those who campaign against giantism in water resource schemes in the developing world ... Worster writes vividly ... much of his material is carefully deconstructed Read more...

 
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