The Rivers Come: Colonial Flood Control and Knowledge Systems in the Indus Basin, 1840s-1930s

  title={The Rivers Come: Colonial Flood Control and Knowledge Systems in the Indus Basin, 1840s-1930s},
  author={Benjamin Weil},
  journal={Environment and History},
  • B. Weil
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Economics
  • Environment and History
This essay traces the development of the physical and cultural infrastructure of colonial flood control in the Indus valley. Reconstructing investigations into the causes of a series of floods illustrates the conflict between the idiosyncratic, local knowledge-based, approach of generalists and the reductionist, technologi cal mentality of engineers. Repeated attempts to protect towns from the Indus River illustrate the growing dominance during the second half of the nineteenth century of an… 
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