Navigability and the improvement of the river Thames, 1605–1815.

Oliver, Stuart (2010) Navigability and the improvement of the river Thames, 1605–1815. Geographical Journal, 176 (2). 164 - 177. ISSN 00167398

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00354.x

Abstract

Through ‘improvement’ the Thames was subjected to a bureaucratic regime of engineered discipline that was brought into effect by the early nineteenth century. Over recent years, rivers have been explained with reference to their materiality and their social identity, and the Thames of the past can perhaps best be understood as a discursively produced materiality. In the medieval and early-modern periods, the Thames was perceived as a gift or as a burden by those who used it, its socioecology administered by a series of overlapping administrations. From the seventeenth century it was administered and re-engineered by regulating organisations – in particular by the Corporation of London, the Oxford Authority, and the Commissioners of the Thames – that established a comprehensive system of locks as part of creating an improved river. The new socioecological order of the Thames provided an engineered resolution to the conflicting uses of the river by the milling and barging industries, an

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rivers, Management; Navigation — History; Locks (Hydraulic engineering); Thames River (England)
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 914 Geography of & travel in Europe
900 History & geography > 942 History of Great Britain
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 17:01
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2012 17:01
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/303

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