Water : a biography (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
Water : a biography
Checking...

Water : a biography

Author: Giulio Boccaletti
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"In this richly narrated and authoritative work--combining environmental and societal history--Giulio Boccaletti begins with the earliest civilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates. He describes how these societies were made possible by sea level changes from the last glacial melt. He examines how this sedentary farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which,  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giulio Boccaletti
ISBN: 9781524748234 1524748234
OCLC Number: 1281565624
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Index.
Description: xiv, 378 pages : cartes en couleur ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I --
Origins --
Standing still in a world of moving water --
The rise of the hydraulic state --
Bronze Age globalization --
An article of faith --
The politics of Water --
Res Publica --
Part II --
A thousand years of convergence --
Fragments of the past --
The republic returns --
Water sovereignty --
American river republic --
Global water empire --
The great Utopian synthesis --
Part III --
The hydraulic century --
Setting the stage for revolution --
Crisis and its discontent --
industrializing modernity --
FDR's modernization project --
Cold War --
The great acceleration --
The end of an era --
Part IV --
Finale --
A world of scarcity --
A planetary experiment --
Coda --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Giulio Boccaletti.

Abstract:

"In this richly narrated and authoritative work--combining environmental and societal history--Giulio Boccaletti begins with the earliest civilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates. He describes how these societies were made possible by sea level changes from the last glacial melt. He examines how this sedentary farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which, in turn, resulted in an explosion in population and the specialization of labor. We see how irrigation structure led to social structure--inventions like the calendar sprung from agricultural necessity; how, in Ancient Greece, communal ownership of wells laid the groundwork for democracy; how the Greek and Roman experience dealing with water security was the seed for tax systems. And he makes clear how the modern world as we know it began with a legal structure for the development of water infrastructure. In its scope and clarity, Water: A Biography provides a fascinating framework through which we can more fully understand society's relationship to, and fundamental reliance on, the most elemental substance on our planet"

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.