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Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe. In "Water," Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America's century. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, "Water" is a groundbreaking account of man's most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.
Steven Solomon is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Business-Week, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire, and has commented on NPR's Marketplace. He is also the author of The Confidence Game. Solomon lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||p. XI|
|Water in Ancient History|
|The Indispensable Resource||p. 9|
|Water and the Start of Civilization||p. 15|
|Rivers, Irrigation, and the Earliest Empires||p. 24|
|Seafaring, Trade, and the Making of the Mediterranean World||p. 59|
|The Grand Canal and the Flourishing of Chinese Civilization||p. 96|
|Islam, Deserts, and the Destiny of History's Most Water-Fragile Civilization||p. 126|
|Water and the Ascendancy of the West|
|Waterwheel, Plow, Cargo Ship, and the Awakening of Europe||p. 157|
|The Voyages of Discovery and the Launch of the Oceanic Era||p. 180|
|Steam Power, Industry, and the Age of the British Empire||p. 211|
|Water and the Making of the Modern Industrial Society|
|The Sanitary Revolution||p. 249|
|Water Frontiers and the Emergence of the United States||p. 266|
|The Canal to America's Century||p. 302|
|Giant Dams, Water Abundance, and the Rise of Global Society||p. 322|
|The Age of Scarcity|
|Water: The New Oil||p. 367|
|Thicker Than Blood: The Water-Famished Middle East||p. 384|
|From Have to Have-Not: Mounting Water Distress in Asia's Rising Giants||p. 417|
|Opportunity from Scarcity: The New Politics of Water in the Industrial Democracies||p. 448|
|Select Bibliography||p. 551|
|Photograph Credits||p. 565|
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