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- DescriptionBecause of its location, volume, speed, and propensity for severe flooding, the Rhone, France's most powerful river, has long influenced the ecomy, politics, and transportation networks of Europe. Humans have tried to control the Rhone for over two thousand years, but large-scale development did t occur until the twentieth century. The Rhone valley has undergone especially dramatic changes since World War II. Hydroelectric plants, nuclear reactors, and industrialized agriculture radically altered the river, as they simultaneously fueled both the physical and symbolic reconstruction of France. In Confluence, Sara B. Pritchard traces the Rhone's remaking since 1945. She interweaves this story with an analysis of how state officials, technical elites, and citizens connected the environment and techlogy to political identities and state-building. In the process, Pritchard illuminates the relationship between nature and nation in France. Pritchard's invative integration of science and techlogy studies, environmental history, and the political history of modern France makes a powerful case for envirotechnical analysis: an approach that highlights the material and rhetorical links between ecological and techlogical systems. Her groundbreaking book demonstrates the importance of environmental management and techlogical development to culture and politics in the twentieth century. As Pritchard shows, reconstructing the Rhone remade France itself.
- Author BiographySara B .Pritchard is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.
- Author(s)Sara B. Pritchard
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2011
- SubjectNatural History: Animal & Wildlife
- Series TitleHarvard Historical Studies
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 172
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note5 halftones, 2 line illustrations, 9 maps
- Weight699 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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