Trends in the History of Science

The History of Water Management in the Iberian Peninsula

Between the 16th and 19th Centuries

Editors: Duarte Rodrigues, Ana, Toribio, Carmen (Eds.)

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  • Offers a novel approach to the history of water in the Iberian Peninsula
  • Features a historical perspective on clean water and sanitation #UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Traces the history of a “cultural melting pot of Arabic culture, Islamic science, and later the engineering of Northern Europe”
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This volume approaches the history of water in the Iberian Peninsula in a novel way, by linking it to the ongoing international debate on water crisis and solutions to overcome the lack of water in the Mediterranean.

What water devices were found? What were the models for these devices? How were they distributed in the villas and monastic enclosures? What impact did hydraulic theoretical knowledge have on these water systems, and how could these systems impact on hydraulic technology? Guided by these questions, this book covers the history of water in the most significant cities, the role of water in landscape transformation, the irrigation systems and water devices in gardens and villas, and, lastly, the theoretical and educational background on water management and hydraulics in the Iberian Peninsula between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries.

Historiography on water management in the territory that is today Spain has highlighted the region’s role as a mediator between the Islamic masters of water and the Christian world. The history of water in Portugal is less known, and it has been taken for granted that is similar to its neighbour. This book compares two countries that have the same historical roots and, therefore, many similar stories, but at the same time, offers insights into particular aspects of each country.

It is recommended for scholars and researchers interested in any field of history of the early modern period and of the nineteenth century, as well as general readers interested in studies on the Iberian Peninsula, since it was the role model for many settlements in South America, Asia and Africa.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • The Water Supply and Sewage Networks in Sixteenth Century Lisbon: Drawing the Renaissance City

    Pages 3-24

    Teixeira, André (et al.)

  • Toledo: The Thirsty City

    Pages 25-48

    Merlos Romero, Magdalena (et al.)

  • Water Supply Management in Seville, 1248–1800

    Pages 49-65

    Fernández Chaves, Manuel F.

  • Water for Madrid: The Problems of Water Supply in a Pre-industrial Capital

    Pages 67-88

    Ilera, Fernando Arroyo (et al.)

  • Thirsting for Efficiency: Technological and Transaction-Cost Explanations for the Municipalisation of Water Supplies

    Pages 89-110

    Silva, Álvaro Ferreira

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eBook 85,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-34061-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History of Water Management in the Iberian Peninsula
Book Subtitle
Between the 16th and 19th Centuries
Editors
  • Ana Duarte Rodrigues
  • Carmen Toribio
Series Title
Trends in the History of Science
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34061-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34061-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34060-5
Series ISSN
2297-2951
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 384
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 80 illustrations in colour
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