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High Dams

(see also Water Abuse, Water Politics, Water Preservation, Energy Self-Sufficiency, Forced Migration, China, India & Egypt)

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On the Web: Articles

Three Gorges Dam Project China OnLine (10/3/00). Basic facts about this megaproject.

For the Greater Common Good: The Pen as a Tool for Activism [interview with Arundhati Roy by Franny Armstrong], Satya (4/00). Struggle against the Narmada Dam project.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Friends of the River Narmada.

International Rivers Network.

UN Water Development Report.

World Commission on Dams.

In the Library: Articles

Dai Qing. "The Three Gorges dam project & free speech in China," Chicago Review 39 (12/93):275-78.

Dieu, Nguyen Thi. "The State vs. indigenous peoples: the impact of hydraulic projects on indigenous peoples of Asia," Journal of World History 7,1 (Spring 96):101-30. Three Gorges in China, Narmada in India & Batang Ai in Sarawak.

Shen, Doris. "Three Gorges resettlement crisis looms," World Rivers Review 13,2 (4/98).

__________. "Three Gorges dam not the answer to China's floods," World Rivers Review 13,4 (8/98).

Stegner, Wallace. "Myths of the Western dam," Saturday Review (10/23/65).

Steiner, Theodore. "That world's fair feeling: control of water in 20th c. America," Technology & Culture (4/93).

Ward, Diane Raines. Chaps. 2: "A sin of scale" & 3: "A thousand valleys" in her Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, & the Politics of Thirst (NY: Riverhead, 2002).

White, Gilbert. "The environmental effects of the High Dam at Aswan," Environment (9/88).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Alagh, Yoginder K.; Mahesh Patak & D.T. Buch. Narmada & Environment: An Assessment (New Delhi: Har-Anand, 1995).

Chetham, Deirdre. Before the Deluge: The Vanishing World of the Yangtze's Three Gorges (NY: Palgrave, 2002).

Churchill, Beryl Gail. The Dam Book (Cody WY: Rustler, 1986).

Collins, Robert O. The Waters of the Nile: Hydropolitics & the jonglei Canal, 1900-1988 (NY: Markus Weiner, 1994).

Dai Qing. Yangtze! Yangtze! Controversy over the Three Gorges Dam Project (ed. Patricia Adams & John Thibodeau; Toronto: Earthscan, 1994).

Fradkin, Philip J. A River No More: The Colorado River & the West (NY: Knopf, 1981).

Greener, Leslie. High Dam over Nubia (NY: Viking, 1962).

Human Rights Watch. The Three Gorges Dam in China: Forced Resettlement, Suppressed Dissent & Labor Rights Concerns (NY, 1995).

Little, Tom. High Dam at Aswan: The Subjugation of the Nile (NY: John Day, 1965).

Luk, Shiu-Hung & Joseph Whitney (eds.) MegaProject: A Case Study of China's Three Gorges Project (London: M.E. Sharpe, 1993).

Pitzer, Paul C. Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream (Pullman WA: Washington State U, 1994).

Sheth, Pravin N. Narmada Project: Politics of Eco-Development (New Delhi: Har-Anand, 1994).

Stevens, Joseph E. Hoover Dam: An American Adventure (Norman: U. Oklahoma, 1988).

Waterbury, John. The Hydropolitics of the Nile Valley (Syracuse: Syracuse U, 1979).

White, Richard. The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River (NY: Hill & Wang, 1995).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Vilander, Barbara. Hoover Dam: The Photographs of Ben Glaha (Tucson: U. Arizona, 1999).

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Dam/Age" [2002], by Aradhana Seth, 50m. On the Narmada River project in India.

"Hoover Dam: The Making of a Monument" [1999], dir. Stephen Stept, 60m. From PBS Video.

"A Narmada Diary" [1995], dir. Anan Patwardhan & Simantini Dhuru, 60m. From First Run/Icarus.

"Words on Water" [2002], dir. Sanjay Kak, 85m. Struggle of Narmada Valley people against the high dams.

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