The Rhine: an eco-biography, 1815-2000 (Google eBook)
The Rhine River is Europe’s most important commercial waterway, channeling the flow of trade among Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In this innovative study, Mark Cioc focuses on the river from the moment when the Congress of Vienna established a multinational commission charged with making the river more efficient for purposes of trade and commerce in 1815. He examines the engineering and administrative decisions of the next century and a half that resulted in rapid industrial growth as well as profound environmental degradation, and highlights the partially successful restoration efforts undertaken from the 1970s to the present.
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In 1815, the Congress of Vienna placed the Rhine under an "international regime" and, seeking to promote free trade among the nations along its banks, established the Rhine Commission to manage it ... Read full review
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Page 8 - The river Rhine, it is well known, Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me, Nymphs! what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?
Page xxii - Some months ago I went to see a panorama of the Rhine. It was like a dream of the Middle Ages. I floated down its historic stream in something more than imagination, under bridges built by the Romans, and repaired by later heroes, past cities and castles whose very names were music to my ears, and each of which was the subject of a legend. There were Ehrenbreitstein and Rolandseck and Coblentz, which I knew only in history.
Page xxii - The Rhine is unique: it combines the qualities of every river. Like the Rhone, it is rapid ; broad, like the Loire ; encased, like the Meuse ; serpentine, like the Seine; limpid and green, like the Somme ; historical, like the Tiber; royal, like the Danube; mysterious, like the Nile; spangled with gold, like an American river ; and like a river of Asia, abounding with phantoms and fables.
Page 6 - Agreement concerning the International Commission for the protection of the Rhine against pollution, the...