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Aiming for control, haunted by its failure: Towards an envirotechnical understanding of infrastructures

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Infrastructures are at first glance technological constructs. However, their environmental dimensions are important, if sometimes overlooked, dimensions of their planning and operation. Using examples from history and historiography, this paper seeks to demonstrate the usefulness of studying infrastructures for environmental historians.
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Keywords: historiography; infrastructures; rivers; roads; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2017-04-01

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  • The half-yearly journal Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences acts as a forum and echo chamber for ongoing studies on the environment and world history, with special focus on modern and contemporary topics. Our intent is to gather and stimulate scholarship that, despite a diversity of approaches and themes, shares an environmental perspective on world history in its various facets, including economic development, social relations, production government, and international relations.
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