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Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910A Comparison with British India$
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Alexander Morrison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547371.001.0001

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Irrigation

Irrigation

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(p.201) 6 Irrigation
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Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547371.003.0007

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

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