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Conquest of Nature

Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany

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The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany by David Blackbourn
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The modern idea of 'mastery' over nature always had its critics, whether their motives were aesthetic, religious or environmentalist. By investigating how the most fundamental element - water - was 'conquered' by draining fens and marshes, straightening the courses of rivers, building high dams and exploiting hydro-electric power, The Conquest of Nature explores how over the last 250 years, the German people have shaped their natural environment and how the landscapes they created took a powerful hold on the German imagination. From Frederick the Great of Prussia to Johann Gottfried Tulla, 'the man who tamed the wild Rhine' in the nineteenth century to Otto Intze, 'master dambuilder' of the years around 1900, to the Nazis who set out to colonise 'living space' in the East, this groundbreaking study shows that while mastery over nature delivers undoubted benefits, it has often come at a tremendous cost to both the natural environment and human life.

Author Biography

David Blackbourn is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1994. He is the author of The Fontana History of Germany 1780- 1918: The Long Nineteenth Century and Marpingen.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16pp b/w plates
Imprint
Pimlico
Pages
512
Dimensions
153x234x39
ISBN-13
9780712667265
Product ID
1684693

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