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Readers will find Teisch's global approach unusual and refreshing as California engineers pop up in unexpected places.--Water And Power Associates



An intriguing and balanced narrative about one of the more problematical eras of environmental history.--Journal of American History



Engineering Nature provides an opportunity to learn from both the successes and the failures of the past--particularly at the confluence of natural resources, technological prowess, and economic promise.--Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences



[A] fresh conceptual framework.--Environment and History



This is a readable, even fascinating, history. . . .There are lessons here for how engineering can and cannot be used to implement social change. Highly recommended. All levels of readership." --Choice



TEISCH, Engineering
"Teisch's book resounds for historians and concern global citizens alike.--Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences



Not only does Engineering Nature help us to situate "progress," identifying its ideological foundations, it also allows us to understand how expertise contributed to globalization.--Environmental History

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Beautifully written, deeply researched, and shrewdly argued, Engineering Nature is a model study of the fraught relationship between water and power, between the technocratic impulse and social reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Teisch's superb, compelling book internationalizes a subject that long has needed a global perspective.--Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College

|Engineering Nature is the first in-depth study of the California engineers who were instrumental in shaping the contours of water politics and technology worldwide. Teisch's excellent and engaging research will make a deep, significant impact on a wide variety of interrelated fields including environmental history, historical geography, the history of science and technology, economic history, and California history.--Mark Cioc, University of California, Santa Cruz, and editor, Environmental History journal

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807871761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807871768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JayB on August 13, 2013
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This book is fascinating and annoying in equal parts.

The fascinating part is the review of the interactions between some of the world's major irrigation systems in the formative period around 1900. It shows how California and Victoria looked to India for inspiration. It shows the role of great American figures (Elwood Mead) and Australian figures (Alfred Deakin) in this formative period. And it explains well how contextual all water management is, and how careful one needs to be in transferring lessons.

The annoying part is the rest, which is the usual "I know best" attitude of armchair academics imbued with self-righteousness and indignation.
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