Arcadia, a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History, publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories.

Water Histories

Viennese city dwellers get rescued after massive floodings in 1847.

Human societies have always had a close relationship with water. Water is as much humanity's most existential resource as it is one of its greatest threats as source of floods or diseases. In order to address the centrality of water in environmental history this ever expanding Arcadia collection presents some of the most interesting stories from around the globe that deal particularly with this love-hate relationship of humans and water.

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Falke, Matthias
The Fen River in Taiyuan, China: Ecology, Revitalization, and Urban Culture
Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 17
McTominey, Andrew
Land Subsidence and the Reservoirs of the Washburn Valley
Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 16
Dmitrieva, Tatiana
Versailles’ Drinking Water and the Last Service of the Marly Machine, 1859–1963
Arcadia, Summer 2016, no. 14
Williamson, Fiona
A Milestone on the Road to Independence? Singapore’s Catastrophic 1954 Floods
Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 13
Unger, Richard
Brewing, Industrialization, and London Water Supplies
Arcadia, Summer 2016, no. 9
Foster, Lauren, Roberts, Stacy N.
“Citizens of a Watershed”: The Colorado River Compact and the Exigencies of Drought
Arcadia, Spring 2016, no. 1
Maughan, Nicolas
An Endless Sediment Story: The First Five Decades of the Canal de Marseille
Arcadia, Autumn 2015, no. 18
Maughan, Nicolas
The Serre-Ponçon Dam and the Durance River: The Founding Act towards the most Regulated French Waterway
Arcadia 2015, no. 16
Sundberg, Adam
Molluscan Explosion: The Dutch Shipworm Epidemic of the 1730s
Arcadia 2015, no. 14
Schuchhardt, Caitlyn
Taconite Mining in Silver Bay: A Tale of Extraction and Accumulation
Arcadia 2015, no. 3
Grant, Daniel
The Watering of California's Central Valley
Arcadia 2015, no. 1
Hall, Alexander
The Thames Barrier: London's Moveable Flood Defense
Arcadia 2014, no. 15
Yakushenko, Olga
The 1969 Flood and Coastal Erosion on Cape Pitsunda
Arcadia 2014, no. 13
Kalemeneva, Ekaterina
The Canal System of Bolshoy Solovetsky Island
Arcadia 2014, no. 11
Kalemeneva, Ekaterina
Zolotitsa: How Diamond Mining Threatens the Ecological Conditions of a River Region
Arcadia 2014, no. 8