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    DescriptionMajestic and lyrically written, The Conquest of Nature traces 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 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. 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.

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    The Conquest of Nature
    Water, Landscape and the Making of Modern Germany
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Blackbourn
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 608
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393062120
    ISBN 10: 0393062120

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    BIC subject category V2: HBTK
    DC22: 943
    BIC subject category V2: TNF
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000, HIS052000
    B&T Approval Code: A61010000
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    B&T Approval Code: A14010000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 627.0943
    LC classification: TC73 .B53 2006
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHTP, RN, TNF, NHTK
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DFG
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    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    27 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    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