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Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History

David Gilmartin


Blood and Water is a history of the political and environmental transformation of the Indus basin as a result of the modern construction in the region of the world’s largest integrated irrigation system. The system was begununder British colonial rule in the nineteenth century, and the resulting transformation continued after the region was divided between two new states, India and Pakistan, in 1947. It was a process deeply shaped, from the beginning, by colonial statecraft-and by the fissures within colonial policies and ideologies. The book traces the critical intersection between competing ... More

Keywords: Indus basin, India, Pakistan, water, environment, irrigation, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285293
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gilmartin, author
North Carolina State University