Urban Rivers: Remaking Rivers, Cities, and Space in Europe and North America

Urban Rivers: Remaking Rivers, Cities, and Space in Europe and North America

by Stephane Castonguay
     
 

Urban Rivers examines urban interventions on rivers through politics, economics, sanitation systems, technology, and societies; how rivers affected urbanization spatially, in infrastructure, territorial disputes, and in flood plains, and via their changing ecologies. Providing case studies from Vienna to Manitoba, the chapters assemble geographers and

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Urban Rivers examines urban interventions on rivers through politics, economics, sanitation systems, technology, and societies; how rivers affected urbanization spatially, in infrastructure, territorial disputes, and in flood plains, and via their changing ecologies. Providing case studies from Vienna to Manitoba, the chapters assemble geographers and historians in a comparative survey of how cities and rivers interacted from the seventeenth century to the present.

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“An excellent contribution to the scholarship on the history of urban industrialization, especially as it relates to the use of water, the history of urban-rural relations, and the history of rivering technology and land-use policy from the seventeenth century to the present. . . . Every urban scholar will learn a great deal from this collection, both from the concrete content of the essays and from their divergent methodological and conceptual approaches, which remind us of the necessity to look beyond the merely humanly constructed built environment to consider as well the natural remnants that affect our urban living and that should inform our scholarship. Many of the essays would work well in teaching the subject matter on the college or graduate level.”

—Journal of Modern History

“Ultimately one of the most fascinating studies on development and ecology I have read. In acknowledging that the rivers and the cities that lie on their banks are instinsically tied to each other, the articles are able to explore, through a consideration of our global history, the potential we have to destroy—and to preserve—our natural resources we often take for granted. It is an excellent look at development and the unintended consequences on the natural system that are integrated into our daily lives.”

—The Englewood Review of Books

“This outstanding collection demonstrates the crucial role rivers have played in the environmental history of Europe and North America. The authors make it clear that rivers have been far more than geographic backdrops to the history of cities. Industrialization and urban growth radically altered rivers and their floodplains. Government schemes to harness rivers often had unintended consequences. A cautionary tale, Urban Rivers should be of interest to historians, geographers, and urban planners focused on the relationship between cities and their surroundings.”

—Charles Closmann, University of North Florida
 

“Captures the dynamic relationship between humans and their waterways. Each essay elucidates part of this most complex portion of the nature-culture continuum from the aspect of historical geography and environmental history.”

--Journal of Historical Geography

“Hands down, Urban Rivers is the best environmental history of urban industrial rivers; it provides us with a wonderful mosaic of transnational case studies and of political and environmental challenges that are likely to be of relevance in an increasingly urban world with diminishing resources of clean water.”

—Christof Mauch, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822961857
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Series:
Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,427,692
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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