Blood and Water (Hardcover)

The Indus River Basin in Modern History

By David Gilmartin

University of California Press, 9780520285293, 376pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2015

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Paperback (4/14/2020)

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The Indus basin was once an arid pastoral watershed, but by the second half of the twentieth century, it had become one of the world’s most heavily irrigated and populated river basins. Launched under British colonial rule in the nineteenth century, this irrigation project spurred political, social, and environmental transformations that continued after the 1947 creation of the new states of India and Pakistan. In this first large-scale environmental history of the region, David Gilmartin focuses on the changes that occurred in the basin as a result of the implementation of the world’s largest modern integrated irrigation system. This masterful work of scholarship explores how environmental transformation is tied to the creation of communities and nations, focusing on the intersection of politics, statecraft, and the environment.

About the Author

David Gilmartin is Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of Empire and Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan.

Praise For Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History

"This is the most authoritative book on Indus Basin politics yet written. It will be of wide interest to scholars of modern South Asia, and to environmental historians more generally. Gilmartin’s clear and engaging writing style is suited to a broad audience of students as well as academics."

— Journal of The Royal Asiatic Society