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Blood and water : the Indus River Basin in modern history

Author: David Gilmartin
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The book is a history of the political and environmental transformation of the Indus basin as a result of the modern construction of the world's largest, integrated irrigation system. Begun under British colonial rule in the 19th century, this transformation continued after the region was divided between two new states, India and Pakistan, in 1947. Massive irrigation works have turned an arid region into one of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Gilmartin
ISBN: 9780520285293 0520285298
OCLC Number: 898029324
Description: x, 356 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : community and environment --
Irrigation and the Baloch frontier --
Community on the waste : the village and the colonial property order --
Statute and custom in water law --
Science, the state, and the environment --
The river basin and partition --
The Indus Waters Treaty and its afterlives.
Responsibility: David Gilmartin.


The Indus basin was once an arid pastoral watershed, but by the second half of the twentieth century, it had become one of the world's most heavily irrigated and populated river basins. This book  Read more...


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"This is the most authoritative book on Indus Basin politics yet written. It will be of wide interest to scholars of modern South Asia, and to environmental historians more generally. Gilmartin's Read more...

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