Book cover of The ideal river: How control of nature shaped the international order by Joanne Yaoby Joanne Yao

Environmental politics has traditionally been a peripheral concern for international relations theory, but increasing alarm over global environmental challenges has elevated international society’s relationship with the natural world into the theoretical limelight. IR theory’s engagement with environmental politics, however, has largely focused on interstate cooperation in the late twentieth century, with less attention paid to how the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century quest to tame nature came to shape the modern international order.

The ideal river examines nineteenth-century efforts to establish international commissions on three transboundary rivers – the Rhine, the Danube, and the Congo. It charts how the Enlightenment ambition to tame the natural world, and human nature itself, became an international standard

Interview with the Author

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Joanne Yao, “The Ideal River: How Control of Nature Shaped the International Order” (Manchester UP, 2022)
12/14/22           40 min

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