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

ISBN-10: 0393329992

ISBN-13: 9780393329995

Edition: 2007

Authors: David Blackbourn

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"Brilliantly conceived....[A] tour de force in historical writing."Ian Kershaw Majestic and lyrically written,The Conquest of Naturetraces the rise of Germany through the development of water and landscape. David Blackbourn begins his morality tale in the mid-1700s, with the epic story of Frederick the Great, who attemptedby importing the great scientific minds of the West and by harnessing the power of his armyto 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. Filled with striking reproductions of paintings, maps, and photographs, this grand work of modern history links culture, politics, and the environment in an exploration of the perils faced by nations that attempt to conquer nature. 70 illustrations.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

David Blackbourn is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University.

List of Maps
Introduction: Nature and Landscape in German History
Conquests from Barbarism: Prussia in the Eighteenth Century
A Wilderness of Water and Marsh
The Lords and Masters of Nature
Fields of Joy and Abundance
Paradise Lost?
The Man Who Tamed the Wild Rhine: Remaking Germany's River in the Nineteenth Century
The Bells of Pfotz
Tulla's Plan
Remaking the Upper Rhine
Winners and Losers
Golden Age: From the 1848 Revolution to the 1870s
The Jade Bay
Colonizing the Moors
The Triumph of the Steamship
Further Victories over the Powers of Nature
Dam-Building and Modern Times: From the 1880s to World War Two
In the Wonderland of Technology
Otto Intze: "Grand Master" of German Dams
Flood Protection, Navigation, and "White Coal"
With Mastery of the Water Comes the Opportunity for Conflict
The Impact on Environment and Landscape
Drowned Villages, Broken Dams
Race and Reclamation: National Socialism in Germany and Europe
A Gray-Dark Wilderness
Race, Reclamation, and Genocide
Conservation and Conquest
The Mystique of the Frontier and the "Wild East"
Indian Wars
Landscape and Environment in the Postwar Germanys
The Garden of Our Hearts: The "Lost Lands" in the East
The "Economic Miracle" and the Rise of Ecology
Implementing the Transformation of Nature in Germany
Epilogue: Where It All Began
List of Abbreviations
Illustration Credits
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