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Hydraulic engineering
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1. General remarks

Hydraulic engineering was put to various purposes in early modern Europe to control water usage for irrigation, to protect or reclaim land by means of dykes, for drainage, and for military defense – by means of moats in fortifications, for example.

Water management was highly important even for ancient civilizations, and equally so for early modern Europe. Among other things, it enabled in…

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Ciriacono, Salvatore and Popplow, Marcus, “Hydraulic engineering”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030064>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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