Water : a biography / Giulio Boccaletti.
- ISBN: 9781524748234
- ISBN: 1524748234
- Physical Description: xiv, 378 pages : color maps ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 
- Copyright: ©2021
Map on lining papers.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-358) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
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.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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