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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 between humans and water.

This collection is curated by Jonatan Palmblad (Rachel Carson Center).

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“The battle of geological experts”: Water Flow and Tunneling within a Welsh Mountain
Nuttall, Mark Arcadia, Spring 2021, no. 14
Hydroelectric Power and Anishinaabe Diets: What Oral Testimony Suggests About Managing Food (In)Security on Reserve
Mehltretter, Samantha, Luby, Brittany, Bradford, Andrea Arcadia, Summer 2020, no. 33
The Search for George DeBaptiste’s House: The Crooked Creek Flood of 1846
Baas, Christopher, Rubino, Darrin L. Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 15
The Aura River Ice Jam in Turku, March 1903
Norrgård, Stefan Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 10
The Day the Falls Stopped Flowing: Devastation and Resilience in Tropical Queensland
Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 3
Water Flows and Topographic Networks of Power: Social Struggles for Water in the Copiapó Valley in the Eighteenth Century
Astudillo Pizarro, Francisco Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 2
Dividing a City: The Flooding of the Saint Petersburg Metro (1995–2004)
Schroeder, Phillip Arcadia, Autumn 2019, no. 43
The 1795 Disaster: Casualties of the Spiritual Waterscape of Lough Derg, County Donegal
Smith, James L. Arcadia, Autumn 2019, no. 37
Unifying the Yangzi Watershed in Early Twentieth-Century China
Gao, Yan Arcadia, Summer 2019, no. 28
The Water Shops of Republican Tianjin
Cao, Mu Arcadia, Summer 2019, no. 20
The Lake That Became a Bus Terminus
Nagendra, Harini, Unnikrishnan, Hita Arcadia, Spring 2019, no. 2
Living on Coral Time: Debating Conservation in the Anthropocene
Braverman, Irus Arcadia, Spring 2019, no. 1
The Niagara Telecolorimeter
Macfarlane, Daniel Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 28
Fishing for Souls: Water Technology and the Dutch Baroque
FitzGerald, Lisa Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 26
The Lake That Became a Sports Stadium
Nagendra, Harini, Unnikrishnan, Hita Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 23
Blood in the Water: A Digital History Project on the Geography of Pontiac’s War, 1763
Clark, Brandon Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 22
Beauties and Beasts: Whales in Portugal, from Early-Modern Monsters to Today’s Flagship Species
Brito, Cristina Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 21
The Lost Lakes of Bangalore
Nagendra, Harini, Unnikrishnan, Hita Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 13
John Anthony Allan’s “Virtual Water”: Natural Resources Management in the Wake of Neoliberalism
Stack Whitney, Kaitlin, Whitney, Kristoffer Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 11
“Moby Dick” in the Rhine: How a Beluga Whale Raised Awareness of Water Pollution in West Germany
Kleemann, Katrin Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 6
From Pulley to Pipe: The Decline of the Wells of Bangalore
Nagendra, Harini, Unnikrishnan, Hita Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 5
Naturalizing Trout? Fish Farming in German Southwest Africa
Kalb, Martin Arcadia, Autumn 2017, no. 33
Half a Century of Public Participation to Stop Pollution in the Alviela River, from 1957 to Today
Bento, Sofia, Bezerra Meira, Teresa, Oliveira Fernandes, Lúcia de, Rainho Brás, Oriana Arcadia, Summer 2017, no. 20
To Dig a Well (in Siberia)
Chu, Pey-Yi Arcadia, Summer 2017, no. 13
A Legacy of Brisbane’s Benchmark Floods of 1893: Creating Dam Dependence
Cook, Margaret Arcadia, Spring 2017, no. 9
Dead Zones and Toxic Algae Bloom in US Waters
Mathur, Shubh Arcadia, Spring 2017, no. 7
The Fen River in Taiyuan, China: Ecology, Revitalization, and Urban Culture
Falke, Matthias Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 17
Land Subsidence and the Reservoirs of the Washburn Valley
McTominey, Andrew Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 16
Versailles’ Drinking Water and the Last Service of the Marly Machine, 1859–1963
Dmitrieva, Tatiana Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 14
A Milestone on the Road to Independence? Singapore’s Catastrophic 1954 Floods
Williamson, Fiona Arcadia, Autumn 2016, no. 13
Brewing, Industrialization, and London Water Supplies
Unger, Richard Arcadia, Summer 2016, no. 9
“Citizens of a Watershed”: The Colorado River Compact and the Exigencies of Drought
Foster, Lauren, Roberts, Stacy N. Arcadia, Spring 2016, no. 1
An Endless Sediment Story: The First Five Decades of the Canal de Marseille
Maughan, Nicolas Arcadia, Autumn 2015, no. 18
The Serre-Ponçon Dam and the Durance River: The Founding Act towards the most Regulated French Waterway
Maughan, Nicolas Arcadia 2015, no. 16
Molluscan Explosion: The Dutch Shipworm Epidemic of the 1730s
Sundberg, Adam Arcadia 2015, no. 14
Taconite Mining in Silver Bay: A Tale of Extraction and Accumulation
Schuchhardt, Caitlyn Arcadia 2015, no. 3
The Watering of California's Central Valley
Grant, Daniel Arcadia 2015, no. 1
The Thames Barrier: London's Moveable Flood Defense
Hall, Alexander Arcadia 2014, no. 15
The 1969 Flood and Coastal Erosion on Cape Pitsunda
Yakushenko, Olga Arcadia 2014, no. 13
The Canal System of Bolshoy Solovetsky Island
Kalemeneva, Ekaterina Arcadia 2014, no. 11
Zolotitsa: How Diamond Mining Threatens the Ecological Conditions of a River Region
Kalemeneva, Ekaterina Arcadia 2014, no. 8
The St. Petersburg Flood of 1824
Barabanova, Kseniya Arcadia 2014, no. 7
Cosmopolitan Trout: The 1883 Fisheries Exhibition and the Global Expansion of Fish Culture
Del Vecchio, Michael Arcadia 2013, no. 21
Munich and Its Isar River: A Rafting Port on an Alpine River
Jochum, Georg Arcadia 2013, no. 18
Losing the Unruly Stream: Kondopoga and the Kivach Waterfall
Suzi, Grigory Arcadia 2013, no. 11
St. Petersburg and Its Backbone: The Neva River as Gateway to Europe and the Sword of Damocles
Kraikovski, Alexei Arcadia 2013, no. 10
The St. Petersburg Cholera Riot of 1831: Water Pollution and Social Tension
Kraikovski, Alexei Arcadia 2013, no. 9
The North Sea Flood of 1953
Hall, Alexander Arcadia 2013, no. 5
The Great Fear: The Polesine Flood of 1951
Hardenberg, Wilko Graf von Arcadia 2013, no. 3
The Struggle with the River: Vienna and the Danube from 1500 to the Present
Hohensinner, Severin Arcadia 2012, no. 19
Bold State Effort Fails to Control Floods in Fourteenth-century Roussillon
Hoffmann, Richard Arcadia 2012, no. 16
Atlantropa – Endless Energy from the Mediterranean Sea
Mauch, Felix Arcadia 2012, no. 9
Disaster Ahead: How Danube Floods Created Telegraph Networks
Neundlinger, Michael Arcadia 2012, no. 7
The Great Flood of 1962 in Hamburg
Mauch, Felix Arcadia 2012, no. 6
Rioting Townsmen Destroy Abbey’s Salmon Weir in Medieval Scotland
Hoffmann, Richard Arcadia 2012, no. 5
London’s New River
van Lieshout, Carry Arcadia 2012, no. 3
Expecting Disaster: The 1963 Landslide of the Vajont Dam
Hardenberg, Wilko Graf von Arcadia 2011, no. 8
Transforming Rivers into Streets: How the Nineteenth Century Scheme to Improve Shipping on the Vitava, Elbe and Danube Failed
Brabec, Stephan Arcadia 2011, no. 7
From Grains to Riches: How Hydropower Production on the Möll River in the Austrian Alps Went from Local to Supra-Regional
Haidvogl, Gertrud Arcadia 2011, no. 6
The Hamburg Flood in Public Memory Culture
Mauch, Felix Arcadia 2011, no. 4
Taming the Danube: Floodplain Regulation in the Machland
Hohensinner, Severin Arcadia 2011, no. 2