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By Jessica B. Teisch

concentrating on globalization within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, Jessica Teisch examines the techniques wherein American water and mining engineers who rose to prominence in the course of and after the California Gold Rush of 1849 exported the USA' transforming into technical and environmental wisdom and linked social and political associations. within the frontiers of Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, and Palestine--semiarid areas that shared a necessity for water to help becoming populations and economies--California water engineers utilized their services in irrigation and mining initiatives on behalf of international governments and company interests.

Engineering Nature explores how controlling the vagaries of nature in a foreign country required greater than the export of blueprints for dams, canals, or mines; it additionally entailed the challenging move of the recent technology's sociopolitical context. Water engineers faced unexpected variables in each one zone as they labored to enforce their visions of agrarian payment and business progress, together with the function of the industry, executive associations, estate rights, indigenous peoples, exertions, and, no longer final, the surroundings. Teisch argues that by way of reading the successes and screw ups of varied tasks as American effect unfold, we will see the complicated function of globalization at paintings, frequently with exceptionally disproportionate results.

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