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Large Dams, Technopolitics, and Development

Christopher Sneddon

in Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226284316
eISBN:
9780226284453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284453.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Large dams, brought into being through a combination of technological prowess, engineering expertise and political-economic calculation, have radically altered humanity’s relationship with planetary ... More


Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation

Christopher Sneddon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226284316
eISBN:
9780226284453
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284453.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The construction of tens of thousands of large dams across the planet’s surface brought about one of the largest biophysical transformations of the twentieth century and has irrevocably altered ... More


Introduction: The Global Environmental History of the Middle East

Alan Mikhail

in Under Osman's Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226427171
eISBN:
9780226427201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226427201.003.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

The introduction represents a mission statement for Middle East environmental history. Through a light discussion of some of the current literature on the topic, the chapter explains what both global ... More


Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands

Andrew Stuhl

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226416649
eISBN:
9780226416786
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226416786.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Arctic is often imagined as a scene of unprecedented environmental and social transformations. Such conceptions conceal historical legacies that precede climate change and globalization in the ... More


Introduction: Is the Arctic out of Time?

Andrew Stuhl

in Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226416649
eISBN:
9780226416786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226416786.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents the book as a response to the shallow historical understanding found in contemporary media narratives on Arctic climate change and globalization. It argues that a richer ... More


Sunk Lands and Submerged Knowledge: How War, Swamps, and Seismographs Hid Evidence of the New Madrid Earthquakes

Conevery Bolton Valencius

in The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226053899
eISBN:
9780226053929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226053929.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Social, environmental, and scientific changes from the 1860s to the 1960s submerged knowledge of the New Madrid earthquakes. During the Civil War, guerilla warfare and the Battle of Island Number 10 ... More


The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence

Susanna B. Hecht, Kathleen D. Morrison, and Christine Padoch (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226322667
eISBN:
9780226024134
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226024134.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Deforestation was one of the defining features of the late 20th century, but forest recovery is one of the surprising dynamics of the 21st. New research in ecology, geography, anthropology, ... More


The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes

Conevery Bolton Valencius

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226053899
eISBN:
9780226053929
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226053929.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the winter of 1811-1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley. The earth cracked, huge sand blows spurted liquefied sand, and the Mississippi River ran backwards. People ... More


* Mutant Ecologies: Radioactive Life in Post–Cold War New Mexico

Joseph Masco

in The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226322667
eISBN:
9780226024134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226024134.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

The Manhattan Project not only unlocked the power of the atom, it also inaugurated a subtle but total transformation of the biosphere, ushering nature into a new kind of nuclear regime in 1945. The ... More


Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age

John C. Burnham

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226081175
eISBN:
9780226081199
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081199.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Technology demands uniformity from human beings who encounter it. People encountering technology, however, differ from one another. Thinkers in the early twentieth century, observing the awful ... More


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