André E. Guillerme’s focus on the uses of water clearly illustrates the interaction of military, economic, technological, political, intellectual, and symbolic factors in urbanization. He skillfully utilizes data from urban demography and draws extensively on scholarship in a wide range of fields to sketch the history of urban planning and technology and their effect on the environment. From his incisive analysis, a complex picture emerges of demographic and socioeconomic evolution.
“Guillerme’s work provides us with a fascinating insight into western history through a survey of the town-water relationship in all its multifarious implications over a wide period.”—Journal of European Economic History
“The author, an engineer rather than an historian, provides a provocative thesis concerning changes in man-made waterways in eighteen cities of the Paris basin.”—American Historical Review
Number Nine: Environmental History Series
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Published by Texas A&M University Press