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River control
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1. Definition and assumptions

The term river control covers all intrusions on the natural flow of water that serve to alter the water level and drainage, usually resulting in a change in channel geometry. Beginning in the 16th century and lasting well into the 19th, major engineering projects affected almost all the major rivers, so that today (except for the Loire) no river in Central Europe exhibits its orig…

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Dix, Andreas, “River control”, 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 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019302>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601



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