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Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation

Christopher Sneddon


The construction of tens of thousands of large dams across the planet’s surface brought about one of the largest biophysical transformations of the twentieth century and has irrevocably altered human-environment relations. The geopolitical dimensions of this “concrete revolution” have remained largely hidden. The history of large dams and more generally river basin development is simultaneously environmental, social, technical and geopolitical. This book focuses on the activities of the United States government, in particular the Bureau of Reclamation, America’s premier water development agenc ... More

Keywords: assemblage, Bureau of Reclamation, Cold War, development, environmental history, geography, geopolitics, large dams, river basin development, technopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226284316
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226284453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Sneddon, author
Dartmouth College