9781108475471-1108475477-Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia's Aral Sea Basin (Studies in Environment and History)

Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia's Aral Sea Basin (Studies in Environment and History)

ISBN-13: 9781108475471
ISBN-10: 1108475477
Author: Peterson, Maya K.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardcover 416 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781108475471
ISBN-10: 1108475477
Author: Peterson, Maya K.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardcover 416 pages

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Acknowledged authors Peterson, Maya K. wrote Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia's Aral Sea Basin (Studies in Environment and History) comprising 416 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1108475477 and 9781108475471. Since then Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia's Aral Sea Basin (Studies in Environment and History) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The drying up of the Aral Sea - a major environmental catastrophe of the late twentieth century - is deeply rooted in the dreams of the irrigation age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a time when engineers, scientists, politicians, and entrepreneurs around the world united in the belief that universal scientific knowledge, together with modern technologies, could be used to transform large areas of the planet from 'wasteland' into productive agricultural land. Though ostensibly about bringing modernity, progress, and prosperity to the deserts, the transformation of Central Asia's landscapes through tsarist- and Soviet-era hydraulic projects bore the hallmarks of a colonial experiment. Examining how both regimes used irrigation-age fantasies of bringing the deserts to life as a means of claiming legitimacy in Central Asia, Maya K. Peterson brings a fresh perspective to the history of Russia's conquest and rule of Central Asia.

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