Fixing Niagara Falls

Environment, Energy, and Engineers at the World’s Most Famous Waterfall

«Small quibbles aside, <em>Fixing Niagara Falls</em> is an excellent monograph that cleverly analyzes how engineering interventions and human hubris helped make the Niagara Falls that we are familiar with today.»

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Since the late nineteenth century, Niagara Falls has been heavily engineered to generate energy behind a flowing facade designed to appeal to tourists. Fixing Niagara Falls reveals the technological feats and cross-border politics that facilitated the transformation of one of the most important natural sites in North America. Les mer
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Since the late nineteenth century, Niagara Falls has been heavily engineered to generate energy behind a flowing facade designed to appeal to tourists. Fixing Niagara Falls reveals the technological feats and cross-border politics that facilitated the transformation of one of the most important natural sites in North America. Daniel Macfarlane shows how this natural wonder is essentially a tap: huge tunnels around the reconfigured Falls channel the waters of the Niagara River, which ebb and flow according to the tourism calendar. This book offers a unique interdisciplinary and transborder perspective on how the Niagara landscape embodies the power of technology and nature.

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«Small quibbles aside, <em>Fixing Niagara Falls</em> is an excellent monograph that cleverly analyzes how engineering interventions and human hubris helped make the Niagara Falls that we are familiar with today.»

, NiCHE

«<p>Historians and general readers interested in the Falls and in issues connected with the associated technological and political background will appreciate this work.</p>»

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Foreword: Iconic Falls, Contrived Landscapes, and Tantalizing Opportunities

Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Characterizing Niagara

1 Harnessing Niagara: Developments up to the Twentieth Century

2 Saving Niagara: Innovation and Change in the Early Twentieth Century

3 Negotiating Niagara: Environmental Diplomacy and the 1950 Treaty

4 Empowering Niagara: Diversions and Generating Stations

5 Disguising Niagara: The Horseshoe Falls Waterscape

6 Preserving Niagara: The American Falls Campaign

Conclusion: Fabricating Niagara

Notes; Bibliography; Index

Om forfatteren

Daniel Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He is also a senior fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto, and president of the International Water History Association. He is the author of Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and also co-edited Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship with Lynne Heasley, and The First Century of the International Joint Commission with Murray Clamen.