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Liquid PowerContested Hydro-Modernities in Twentieth-Century Spain$
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Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029032

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029032.001.0001

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“Not a Drop of Water…”

“Not a Drop of Water…”

Spain’s Cyborg Water World

(p.1) 1 “Not a Drop of Water…”
Liquid Power

Erik Swyngedouw

The MIT Press

“Not a drop of water should reach the ocean without paying its obligatory tribute to the earth”, notes a 1912 parliamentary document from the Spanish Cortes. A commentator at the time noted that “Spain would never be rich as longs as its rivers flowed into the sea”. The project of modernization, articulated around the hydraulic nexus, became formulated in Spain after 1898. Indeed Spain’s torturous modernization process after the US-Spanish war of 1898, when Spain lost its last overseas colonies, has been characterized by a continuous reconfiguration of the country’s hydro-social cycle. Whilst throughout the 20th century, this process focused around engineering the flow of mainland waters, the 21st century’s techno-natural configuration extends the engineering of Spain’s hydro-landscapes to the Mediterranean waters by means of large scale desalination projects. The chapter considers the contested political-ecological process that marked the transformation of Spain’s hydro-social landscapes during the 20th century and into the new century. The chapter explores how this emblematic entry guides the narrative of the book through which a wider set of issues related to nature, the environment, modernity and socio-political power are explored.

Keywords:   Water Politics, Spain, Hydraulic landscape, Political Ecology, Cyborgs, Environmental Politics

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