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  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Ertsen, M.W.; Morgan, Ruth A.; Bogardi, Janos J.; Gupta, Joyeeta; Nandalal, K. D. Wasantha; Salamé, Léna; van Nooijen, Ronald R.P.; Kumar, Navneet; Tingsanchali, Tawatchai; Bhaduri, Anik; +1 more
    Country: Netherlands

    This text builds on the shared focus of historians and engineers to understand how particular circumstances came to be. In their endeavours, engineers regularly turn attention to the past, many times with the explicit aim to build on the past. In this chapter, it is discussed why these water histories written by engineers are vulnerable to being less correct. Using a range of scholarship on water history and shared experiences within the International Water History Association, we discuss the core of any historical scholarship: a drive to demonstrate and understand the complexity of the past. As such, this chapter wants to warn against the engineering drive to use (water) history as a guide towards the future. Instead, we propose a perspective of history as a way of reading and understanding the complex paths we have travelled until now.

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  • Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021
    Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Ertsen, M.W.; Morgan, Ruth A.; Bogardi, Janos J.; Gupta, Joyeeta; Nandalal, K. D. Wasantha; Salamé, Léna; van Nooijen, Ronald R.P.; Kumar, Navneet; Tingsanchali, Tawatchai; Bhaduri, Anik; +1 more
    Country: Netherlands

    This text builds on the shared focus of historians and engineers to understand how particular circumstances came to be. In their endeavours, engineers regularly turn attention to the past, many times with the explicit aim to build on the past. In this chapter, it is discussed why these water histories written by engineers are vulnerable to being less correct. Using a range of scholarship on water history and shared experiences within the International Water History Association, we discuss the core of any historical scholarship: a drive to demonstrate and understand the complexity of the past. As such, this chapter wants to warn against the engineering drive to use (water) history as a guide towards the future. Instead, we propose a perspective of history as a way of reading and understanding the complex paths we have travelled until now.

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