SAME AS DRAP-GA 1163.
Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest is available in paperback in September 2016. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10369.html This graduate readings course examines the intersection of natural systems and the technological networks that humans create. Through a series of weekly readings of both historical monographs ranging across geographical boundaries and works associated with STS and environmental studies, the class explores the following three questions: · How should we understand the historical creation of natural and technological systems, the effects of their interconnections, and their change over time? · How do such systems differ at different stages in change and development? How have they related to industrialization and urbanization, colonialism and decolonization, increasing human mobility, the global development of capitalism, and other hallmarks of “the modern”? · How does the study of such systems allow for human agency, by whom, and in what ways? Case studies will include, among other subjects, the development of commodity agriculture in North America, uranium mining and “nuclearity” in Africa, river development in Europe and Southeast Asia, and industrial development in the Amazon. Written work will include weekly response papers, one presentation, and a final historiographical essay.