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The Thames embankment : environment, technology, and society in Victorian London

Author: Dale H Porter
Publisher: Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, ©1998.
Series: Technology and the environment (Akron, Ohio)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Any large-scale construction project is a complex of contingencies, pitting the volatility of nature against human ingenuity, and setting the discord of human nature against itself. In The Thames Embankment, Dale H. Porter explores the tangled history of a monumental venture in Victorian London, telling with wit and authority the stories of those involved in and affected by this rough-and-tumble process, from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Porter, Dale H.
Thames embankment.
Akron, Ohio : University of Akon Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)605238218
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dale H Porter
ISBN: 1884836283 9781884836282 1884836291 9781884836299
OCLC Number: 37553653
Description: xvi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Constructing the Victorian Environment --
2. Structural Background --
3. London Main Drainage --
4. Before Its Time: The First Thames Embankment --
5. Genealogy of the Thames Embankment --
6. Financial and Institutional Environment --
7. Relevant Interest Groups --
8. Contingencies --
9. Historical Future --
App. Embankment Chronology.
Series Title: Technology and the environment (Akron, Ohio)
Responsibility: Dale H. Porter.
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"Any large-scale construction project is a complex of contingencies, pitting the volatility of nature against human ingenuity, and setting the discord of human nature against itself. In The Thames Embankment, Dale H. Porter explores the tangled history of a monumental venture in Victorian London, telling with wit and authority the stories of those involved in and affected by this rough-and-tumble process, from mudlarks and wharfingers to prime ministers and lords." "In this richly detailed and multifaceted study, Dale H. Porter reveals the intricate weave of values and practicesenvironmental, political, economic, technological, and aesthetic - that made possible the planning and building of these structures that altered and became a permanent part of the London riverscape. Above all, The Thames Embankment shows how innovations in technology, in environmental assessment, and in public policy formations not only lead to public works projects but are, in turn, stimulated and shaped by them."--Jacket.

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