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

By: David Blackbourn

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Originally published in Great Britain under the title The Conquest of Nature: Water and the Making of the Modern German Landscape. Two-toned brown paper boards. Titled in gold on spine. Deckled page edges. Black and white illustrations throughout. Indexed, 466 pp. Pictorial dust jacket. Book and dust jacket both in like new condition. Nice copy. Full refund if not satisfied.


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.

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

Author Name: David Blackbourn

Categories: Nature & Animals,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York and London, W. W. Norton & Company: 2006

ISBN Number: 0393062120

ISBN Number 13: 9780393062120

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Like New

Jacket Condition: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 060929