Date of Award

Summer 8-5-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

J.T. Way

Second Advisor

Denise Davidson

Abstract

In this thesis, I propose that Mexican water works during the Porfiriato influenced the development of modernity because of hydrology’s link between society and environment. These two canals in particular provide a window on the relationship between the state and environment that connects the two in the efforts of state formation. The Gran Canal and the Canal de la Viga both worked as tools for social and political construction for Mexicans to imagine modernity for themselves and for their country.

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