Water wizards : reshaping wet nature and society

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    The article investigates how humans ‘networked’ wet nature and how this affected the shaping of Dutch society. First, it takes a grand view of Dutch history and describes how wet network building intertwined with the shaping of the Dutch landscape, its economy and its polity. Second, it investigates the specific challenges of wet network building— integrating potentially conflicting uses of water into one design—for the case of the national fresh water supply network (1940–1971). Finally, it discusses ecological damage, emerging new risks and cultural patterns related to wet network building.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)291-309
    Number of pages19
    JournalHistory and Technology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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