Cities and river environments – a versatile relationship.

Conflicts between local, national and transnational patterns of governance in East Central Europe and beyond

Annual Conference of the Leibniz Graduate School “History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe”, 20 - 21 November 2014, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association

Organizers: Dr Eszter Gantner, Dr Christian Lotz

Taking the manifold entanglements between large cities and their river environments as examples, the conference seeks to explore the conflicts between local, national and transnational patterns of governance. The 19th and 20th centuries saw an increasing impact of cities upon rivers in terms of more efficient use of water flows and increasing regulation and pollution. At the same time, rivers highlighted the limits to these regulations, particularly through floods and desiccation, polluted drinking water, etc. Local, national and transnational attempts of governance were instituted in order to manage these problems.

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