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The History of Water Management in the Iberian Peninsula

Between the 16th and 19th Centuries

Birkhäuser
  • 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”

Part of the book series: Trends in the History of Science (TRENDSHISTORYSCIENCE)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. City Water Supply Systems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Toledo: The Thirsty City

      • Magdalena Merlos Romero, Victoria Soto Caba
      Pages 25-48
    3. Water Supply Management in Seville, 1248–1800

      • Manuel F. Fernández Chaves
      Pages 49-65
    4. Water for Madrid: The Problems of Water Supply in a Pre-industrial Capital

      • Fernando Arroyo Ilera, Concepción Camarero Bullón
      Pages 67-88
  3. Shaping Landscapes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Dams in the Renaissance Gardens of the Iberian Peninsula

      • Carmen Toribio Marín
      Pages 159-177
    3. Water Communities on the Northern Slopes of the Guadarrama Mountain Range

      • Mar Pinillos Rodríguez, David Martín Carretero
      Pages 179-199
  4. Water Management, Water Devices and Theoretical Knowledge

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 251-251
    2. The Aesthetical Application of Water in Iberian Gardens

      • Ana Duarte Rodrigues, Carmen Toribio Marín
      Pages 253-279
    3. Aranjuez and Hydraulic Engineering: Public Utility, Leisure Utility

      • Magdalena Merlos Romero, Victoria Soto Caba
      Pages 281-307
    4. Noras, Norias and Technology-of-Use

      • Ana Duarte Rodrigues, Magdalena Merlos Romero
      Pages 331-350

About this book

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.


Keywords

  • historiography on water management
  • water supply
  • hydraulic technology
  • irrigation systems
  • sewage networks
  • water devices
  • hydraulics theory
  • teaching hydraulics
  • water industry and water technology

Reviews

“Milieu engendered this new and very interesting book devoted to water management in the early modern and modern Iberian Peninsula … . Despite the variety of case studies and the slightly different research approaches, this collection reads well as a whole, and the main objective (water management) is a consistent thread throughout the various contributions. At the same time, the organization into three sections helps readers orient themselves and facilitates comparison between the different case studies.” (Matteo Di Tullio, Technology and Culture, Vol. 62 (4), October, 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e Tecnologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

    Ana Duarte Rodrigues

  • Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid, Spain

    Carmen Toribio Marín

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-34061-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)