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Liquid Power: Contested Hydro-Modernities in Twentieth-Century Spain

Erik Swyngedouw


In this book, Erik Swyngedouw explores how water becomes part of the tumultuous processes of modernization and development. Using the experience of Spain as a lens to view the interplay of modernity and environmental transformation, Swyngedouw shows that every political project is also an environmental project. In 1898, Spain lost its last overseas colony, triggering a period of post-imperialist turmoil still referred to as El Disastre. Turning inward, the nation embarked on “regeneration” and modernization. Water played a central role in this; during a turbulent period from the twentieth cent ... More

Keywords: Water Politics, Political Ecology, Hydro-Social Cycle, Nature-Society Relations, Spain, Environmental Politics, Hydraulic Transformations, Hydraulic Landscapes, Environmental Sociology, Environmental History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029032
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Swyngedouw, author
University of Manchester