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By David Blackbourn

"Brilliantly conceived....[A] journey de strength in old writing."―Ian Kershaw

Majestic and lyrically written, The Conquest of Nature strains the increase of Germany during the improvement of water and panorama. David Blackbourn starts his morality story within the mid-1700s, with the epic tale of Frederick the good, who attempted―by uploading the nice medical minds of the West and by way of harnessing the facility of his army―to rework the uninhabitable marshlands of his scattered nation right into a glossy kingdom. Chronicling the good engineering initiatives that reshaped the potent Rhine, the emergence of an formidable German army, and the advance of hydroelectric strength to gasoline Germany's convulsive business development sooner than global struggle I, Blackbourn is going directly to exhibit how Nazi racial regulations rested on German principles of mastery of the flora and fauna. choked with remarkable reproductions of work, maps, and images, this grand paintings of recent background hyperlinks tradition, politics, and the surroundings in an exploration of the perils confronted through countries that try to triumph over nature. 70 illustrations

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