Fixing the Delta: History and the Politics of Hydraulic Infrastructure Development and Conservation in the Mekong Delta

  • David Biggs
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 45)


Historians and many other writers have widely acknowledged the political ­importance of flood control and land reclamation in river deltas. Whether one is considering ancient dikes on the Red River near Hanoi – works first planned 1,000 years ago by Emperor Ly Thai To following the hoof prints of a magical white horse – or modern levees on the Mississippi River in New Orleans – works built by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following a mantra of rationalization and efficiency – the importance of these works to the states that maintain them is clear. The fortunes of Vietnamese emperors and American presidents have risen and fallen with the successes and failures of flood control. With the global spread of environmentalist movements and increasing concerns, especially in river deltas, about rising sea levels, political debates about building or maintaining infrastructure have become more complicated with concerns about environmental impacts.


River Delta Flood Control Saltwater Intrusion Mekong Delta Colonial Government 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of California at RiversideRiversideUSA

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