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

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


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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
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stéphane Castonguay is Canada Research Chair in Environmental History at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and coeditor of Metropolitan Natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal.

Matthew Evenden  is an associate professor in the department of geography and chair of Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River and coauthor of The River Returns: An Environmental History of the Bow.

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Stéphane Castonguay Matthew Evenden 1

Part I Industrialization and Riverine Transformations

Chapter 1 Brussels and Its Rivers, 1770-1880: Reshaping an Urban Landscape Chloé Deligne 17

Chapter 2 The River Lea in West Ham: A River's Role in Shaping Industrialization on the Eastern Edge of Nineteenth-Century London Jim Clifford 34

Chapter 3 An Urban Industrial River: The Multiple Uses of the Akerselva River, 1850-1900 Eyvind Bagle 57

Chapter 4 The Rivière des Prairies: More than Montreal's Backyard? Michèle Dagenais 75

Part II Urbanization and the Functions of Rivers

Chapter 5 The Seine and Parisian Metabolism: Growth of Capital Dependencies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Sabine Barles 95

Chapter 6 The Channelization of the Danube and Urban Spatial Development in Vienna in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Gertrud Haidvogl 113

Chapter 7 Rivers and Bask in the City: The Urban Floodplain as a Contested Space Uwe Lübken 130

Chapter 8 The St. Lawrence and Montreal's Spatial Development in the Seventeenth through the Twentieth Century Jean-Claude Robert 145

Chapter 9 Urbanization, Industrialization, and the Firth of Forth T. C. Smout 160

Part III Territorialities of Water Management

Chapter 10 Diverting Rivers for Paris, 1760-1820: Needs, Quality, Resistance Frédéric Grabber 183

Chapter 11 Fluid Geographies: Urbanizing River Basins Craig E. Colten 201

Chapter 12 To Harmonize Human Activity with the Laws of Nature: Applying the "Watershed Concept in Manitoba, Canada Shannon Stunden Bower 210

Conclusion Stéphane Castonguay Matthew Evenden 237

Notes 243

Contributors 291

Index 295

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