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By David Hackett Fischer

This attention-grabbing publication is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural historical past of the us, from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a heritage of yankee folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis concerning the value for the U.S. of getting been British in its cultural origins.
whereas most folk within the usa this present day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated local cultures which have been created by means of British colonists, even whereas keeping ethnic identities whilst. during this experience, approximately all americans are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity might be. The concluding element of this impressive e-book explores the ways in which neighborhood cultures have persevered to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, executive, gender, and violence, on which variations among American areas are more than among eu international locations.

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Returning for a moment to this book’s genealogical starting point, Hoover Dam and the TVA can be cast in a different light if we think of dams and basin-oriented development programs as associations of actors rather than as stand-alone objects. Both were profoundly imbricated in a series of social, political, and economic processes that were quite specific to the United States of the 1930s. In other words, both were the products of a very specific set of historical conditions. 67 Hoover was the first dam to illustrate that dam building on a massive scale was possible, in an engineering sense, and that it could provide an enormous supply of electricity.

It was Savage’s existence as a key node of technical relations—relations that also encompassed a breadth of experience from early work on the TVA and Hoover Dam to massive projects in the Columbia River basin—that made him so attractive to newly independent states keen on developing their own rivers along the pattern established in the United States. “From a Weak to a Strong Nation”: China and the Genealogy of a “Classic” Dam During his later years as chief designing engineer, Savage began an active and impressively broad series of consultancies with foreign governments in the field of water resource development, a vocation he continued after his official retirement from the Bureau in 1945.

The economic and technical assistance represented by large dams and river basin planning (and by the Bureau experts tasked with transmitting this assistance) embodies this “assent and cooperation” perspective and was explicitly designed to demonstrate the superiority of an American way of governance and life. This observation is borne out in the case of Savage in China presented here and in the instances of Bureau interventions in (for example) Lebanon, Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and many other places in the 1950s and 1960s.

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