A History of Water: Series I, Volume 3: The World of Water

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Terje Tvedt, Eva Jakobsson, T. Ostigaard
I.B.Tauris, 2006 - Nature - 528 pages
These three volumes present an original exploration of all aspects of water--social, cultural, political, religious, historical, economic and technological--from ancient times until the present day. Among the varied themes, the contributors examine the changing histories of water as a private or common good, the politics of water at local, urban, national and international level, water in cities, great river plans, dams, river biographies, and cultural constructions of water--images of water in religion, myth, literature and art. With empirical and ethnographic case studies from around the world the three volumes together represent one of the most complete and up to date accounts of the central role of water in the history and development of humanity.
 

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Contents

Water in the Age of Imperialism and Beyond
5
Changing Narratives of Water Control in Hawaii
38
Conflict in Water
49
A Social History of Hydroelectricity
81
The Hydraulic System
98
Water Hindu Mythology and an Unequal Social
119
An Evolutionary History of Water Rights in South Africa
157
Early Developments in Groundwater Research in
185
Water
289
Cultural
310
The Films
349
A Christian Perspective on Water and Water Rights
367
River Cult and Water Management Practices
385
Rainmaking and Lifegiving Waters
409
Lifegiving Waters in Nepalese
430
Rain Rulers
449

River Works in Famine Ireland
207
From PreModern to PostModern
229
The Marketing
254
Perceptions of Safe Water
269
The Lozi Flood Tradition
470
Contributors
488
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Terje Tvedt is Professor of Geography at the University of Bergen and Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. He is the author of a number of successful books and videos on water issues, including The River Nile in the Age of the British (I.B.Tauris, 2004) and The River Nile in the Post-Colonial Age (I.B.Tauris 2009). He is series editor for the first History of Water series (3 volumes, I.B.Tauris, 2006). Terje Oestigaard is Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bergen. He has undertaken fieldwork in Bangladesh, Greece, Jordan, India, Nepal and Palestine and is the author of a number of books including (as co-editor) The Materiality of Death. Bodies, Burials, Beliefs (2008) and The World of Water (I.B.Tauris, 2006).

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