By Christopher Sneddon
Water could seem harmless, yet as a common necessity, it unavoidably intersects with politics by way of acquisition, keep watch over, and linked applied sciences. whereas we all know very much concerning the socioecological bills and advantages of recent dams, we all know a long way much less approximately their political origins and ramifications. In Concrete Revolution, Christopher Sneddon bargains a corrective: a compelling ancient account of the USA Bureau of Reclamation’s contributions to block know-how, chilly battle politics, and the social and environmental adversity perpetuated by means of the USA executive in its pursuit of monetary development and geopolitical power.
Founded in 1902, the Bureau turned enmeshed within the US kingdom Department’s push for geopolitical energy following international warfare II, a reaction to the Soviet Union’s expanding international sway. via delivering technical and water source administration recommendation to the world’s underdeveloped areas, the Bureau discovered that it might probably not just supply them with monetary information and the USA with funding possibilities, but in addition forge alliances and shore up a country’s international status within the face of burgeoning communist impact. Drawing on a couple of overseas case studies—from the Bureau’s early forays into abroad improvement and the release of its overseas actions place of work in 1950 to the Blue Nile research in Ethiopia—Concrete Revolution deals insights into this ancient damming growth, with important implications for the current. If, Sneddon argues, we will be able to comprehend dams as either technical and political gadgets instead of tools of neutral technological know-how, we will be able to higher perform present debates approximately huge dams and river basin making plans.