A. S. Morrison

in Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547371
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720710 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This chapter covers the technical but essential subject of artificial irrigation and the control of water. In a land where rainfall is scarce, controlling canals and water distribution is one of the keys to State power, and by and large the Russians were ineffective at doing so. On the face of it, with their vast expansion of irrigation in Punjab, the British were much more successful, but they too had difficulty controlling pre-existing networks.

Keywords: canals; water management; Mirab; rainfall

Chapter.  18129 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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