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David Allen Pietz
Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Engineering a State of Nature: Hydraulic Transformations on the North China Plain, 1949-1999

This research will two important issues. First, how water resources on the North China Plain have been compromised by engineering practices after 1949. Second, in light of increasing ubanization, industrialization, and population growth, this research can suggest how hydraulic practices influence contemporary environmental challenges, and suggest the range of socially determined choices available as China continues to build "wealth and power." This project will also contribute to a comparative understanding of the influences exerted by the state, technology, and nature in developing countries. The focus on China will also give a more nuanced view of the environmental legacies faced by post-socialist economies.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Fellowships for University Teachers

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 5/31/2008