Banana republic? The agricultural possibilities of the Canal Zone
Getting across and getting around
The highway : the world united, Panama divided
Conquest of the jungle : the moral economy of rural infrastructure
A demanding environment.
A historical and ethnographic study of the conflict between global transportation and rural development as the two intersect at the Panama Canal. In this innovative book, Ashley Carse traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama's cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as they travel downstream along maritime routes and tracing rivers upstream across the populated watershed that feeds the canal, he explores the politics of environmental management around a waterway that links faraway ports and markets to nearby farms, forests, cities, and rural communities. Carse draws on a wide range of ethnographic and archival material to show the social and ecological implications of transportation across Panama. The Canal moves ships over an aquatic staircase of locks that demand an enormous amount of fresh water from the surrounding region. Each passing ship drains 52 million gallons out to sea-a volume comparable to the daily water use of half a million Panamanians. Infrastructures like the Panama Canal, Carse argues, do not simply conquer nature; they rework ecologies in ways that serve specific political and economic priorities. Interweaving histories that range from the depopulation of the U.S. Canal Zone a century ago to road construction conflicts and water hyacinth invasions in canal waters, the book illuminates the human and nonhuman actors that have come together at the margins of the famous trade route. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Beyond the Big Ditch calls us to consider how infrastructures are materially embedded in place, producing environments with winners and losers. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Building the Panama Canal (Men, Machines, and Methods)
George S. Morison and Philippe Bunau-Varilla : The Indispensible Men of Panama
The American Engineers that Built the Panama Canal
Remembering Joseph Pennell and the Panama Canal
Akira Aoyama's Achievements on the Panama Canal Project
Gatun Dam History and Developments
1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and Panama Canal Model, Conference and Proceedings.
Proceedings of sessions honouring the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal at the ASCE Global Engineering conference 2014, held in Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, 2014. Sponsored by the history and heritage Committee of ASCE. The history of the Panama Canal began nearly 500 years ago with the discovery by the Spanish of the isthmus between the oceans. Almost 400 years with several failed attempts would pass before the canal finally opened to boat traffic in August 1914. This collection of nine papers presents the lives and experiences of the engineers and planners who struggled for decades to get the canal accepted, funded, built and launched in order to ensure its successful operation during the last 100 years. (source: Nielsen Book Data)