New Canadian Water History Blog

Matthew Evenden has launched a blog to complement the work of the Canadian Water History Project. He will post stories from time to time on current issues and ideas in the field. Please drop by for a visit!

Here is the first entry to give you a sense of the blog’s aim and purpose:

“December 15, 2008: Can water have a history? Is there such a thing as Canadian water?

This blog aims to present occasional posts on how people have interacted with the hydrological world over time. Water problems have become some of the most pressing environmental issues of our times. But why? What historical conditions have produced water problems? The reasons cannot be deduced from current events. They need to be examined with the benefit of historical perspective.

Water also knows no country, despite the claims of nation-states and the precedents of international law. Water falls and flows, evaporates and seeps, and despite our best efforts we can’t contain it. But since most of my work centers on Canada, I will give the blog a national focus, while keeping an eye to international scholarship and events. Some of the most interesting topics in Canadian water history, after all, have occurred at the country’s borders. Canadian water history makes little sense outside a wider, international context.

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