The Conquest of Nature

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

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Majestic 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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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 168 x 234 x 48mm | 839.16g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0393062120
  • 9780393062120
  • 1,668,055

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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

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