The introduction presents an overview of weather control’s history in the United States since the nineteenth century, in particular how and why it made the transition from local area rainmaking to large-scale weather control as a tool of the American state, which used it for both domestic and foreign policy purposes. It provides a primer on the concept of the state, examining the many ways that the state has been defined, and adopts Margot Canaday’s definition of the state as “what officials do.” It discusses the connection between science, technology, and the American state, and how weather control ultimately came to exert political agency in the twentieth century.
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