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The Resource Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, Christopher Sneddon

Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, Christopher Sneddon

Label
Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation
Title
Concrete revolution
Title remainder
large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Sneddon
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Water may seem innocuous, but as a universal necessity, it inevitably intersects with politics when it comes to acquisition, control, and associated technologies. While we know a great deal about the socioecological costs and benefits of modern dams, we know far less about their political origins and ramifications. In Concrete Revolution, Christopher Sneddon offers a corrective: a compelling historical account of the US Bureau of Reclamation's contributions to dam technology, Cold War politics, and the social and environmental adversity perpetuated by the US government in its pursuit of economic growth and geopolitical power. Founded in 1902, the Bureau became enmeshed in the US State Department's push for geopolitical power following World War II, a response to the Soviet Union's increasing global sway. By offering technical and water resource management advice to the world's underdeveloped regions, the Bureau found that it could not only provide them with economic assistance and the United States with investment opportunities, but also forge alliances and shore up a country's global standing in the face of burgeoning communist influence. Drawing on a number of international case studies - from the Bureau's early forays into overseas development and the launch of its Foreign Activities Office in 1950 to the Blue Nile investigation in Ethiopia - Concrete Revolution offers insights into this historic damming boom, with vital implications for the present. If, Sneddon argues, we can understand dams as both technical and political objects rather than instruments of impartial science, we can better participate in current debates about large dams and river basin planning. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sneddon, Christopher
Dewey number
333.9100973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TC556
LC item number
.S63 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • Dams
  • Water resources development
  • Water resources development
  • Technical assistance, American
  • Geopolitics
  • United States
  • USA
  • United States
  • Dams
  • Geopolitics
  • Water resources development
  • Water resources development
  • Developing countries
  • United States
  • Staudamm
  • Wasserreserve
  • Geopolitik
  • Entwicklungsländer
Label
Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, Christopher Sneddon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Large dams, technopolitics, and development -- Building a "world-wide fraternity" : the Bureau, China, and John Savage -- "A reclamation program to lead them" : the Bureau goes global -- Ethiopia, the Bureau, and investigations of the blue Nile -- Cold War geopolitics, technical expertise, and the Mekong project -- Large dams and the contemporary geopolitics of development -- Conclusion : large dams and other things
Control code
900609687
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780226284316
Lccn
2015002173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900609687
Label
Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, Christopher Sneddon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Large dams, technopolitics, and development -- Building a "world-wide fraternity" : the Bureau, China, and John Savage -- "A reclamation program to lead them" : the Bureau goes global -- Ethiopia, the Bureau, and investigations of the blue Nile -- Cold War geopolitics, technical expertise, and the Mekong project -- Large dams and the contemporary geopolitics of development -- Conclusion : large dams and other things
Control code
900609687
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780226284316
Lccn
2015002173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900609687

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