This volume is the first of three that explore all aspects of water - social, cultural, political, religious, historical, economic and technological - from ancient times to the present day. The contributors examine the changing histories of water as a private or common good; the politics of water at local, urban, national and international level; water in cities; great river plans; dams; river biographies; and images of water in religion, myth, literature and art. Empirical and ethnographic case studies from around the world feature.
Terje Tvedt is Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Development Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen. Eva Jakobsson is Senior Research Scientist at Stavanger University College, Norway.