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Engineering Nature: Water, Development, and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise

Jessica B. Teisch


Focusing on globalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book examines the processes by which American water and mining engineers who rose to prominence during and after the California Gold Rush of 1849 exported the United States' growing technical and environmental knowledge and associated social and political institutions. In the frontiers of Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, and Palestine—semiarid regions that shared a need for water to support growing populations and economies—California water engineers applied their expertise in irrigation and mining projects on ... More

Keywords: globalization, mining engineers, California Gold Rush, semiarid regions, California water engineers, irrigation, dams, canals, agrarian settlement, industrial growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834435
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807878019_teisch


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica B. Teisch, author