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Author Worster, Donald, 1941-

Title Rivers of empire : water, aridity, and the growth of the American West / Donald Worster
Published Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University, 1992

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 MELB  338.9100978 Wor/Roe  AVAILABLE
Description x, 402 pages
Contents 1. Introduction : reflections in a ditch -- 2. Taxonomy : the flow of power in history -- Wittfogel, Marx, and the ecology of power -- The local subsistence mode -- The agrarian state mode -- The capitalist state mode -- 3. Incipience : a poor man's paradise -- t Confronting the desert : death and life -- The Lord's beavers -- In the shadow of the Rockies -- The redemption of California -- The ideology of Democratic conquest -- 4. Florescence : the state and the desert -- "A commonwealth within itself" -- Passages to India -- A long, strong rope -- Failure -- 5. Florescence : the grapes of wealth -- A place named Imperial -- "I never knowed they was anything like her" -- Who rules the Great Valley? -- 6. Empire : water and the modern West -- "Total use for greater wealth" -- Accumulation and legitimation -- Leviathan ailing -- 7. Conclusion : nature, freedom, and the West
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : Pantheon, 1985
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Water-supply -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century -- Political aspects -- History.
Hydrology -- West (U.S.)
Water resources development -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Water-supply -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Water-supply -- Political aspects -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.
Irrigation -- Economic aspects -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.
Rivers -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.
West (U.S.) -- Economic conditions.
West (U.S.) -- History.
LC no. 91046685
ISBN 0195078063