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The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany

By: David Blackbourn (Author)

513 pages, 16 plates with b/w photos and b/w illustrations


Paperback | Feb 2007 | #212365 | ISBN-13: 9780712667265
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Hardback | Dec 2006 | #165447 | ISBN: 0393062120
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About this book

Traces the rise of the German nation through the development of water and landscape. David Blackbourn begins his environmental history in the mid-1700s, with Frederick the Great, who attempted – by importing the great scientific minds of the West and by harnessing the power of his army – to transform the uninhabitable marshlands of his scattered kingdom into a modern state. Chronicling the great engineering projects that reshaped the mighty Rhine, the emergence of an ambitious German navy, and the development of hydroelectric power to fuel Germany's convulsive industrial growth before World War I, Blackbourn goes on to show how Nazi racial policies rested on German ideas of mastery of the natural world.

"David Blackbourn has written an entertainingly original history, rich in insights into man and nature and the German-in fact, the European-mind."
– Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Salt and Cod

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David Blackbourn is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1994. He is the author of The Fontana History of Germany 1780- 1918: The Long Nineteenth Century and Marpingen.

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