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L'hydrosystème domestique et urbain à Nancy au XIXème siècle : essai de géographie historique

Abstract : This thesis in historical geography explores four main issues, showing the movement of water in Nancy in the 19th century, from the well to the sewers. After defining the notions of urban water system, historical geography and domestic water use, the study moves on to these four chapters: wells and collectors; primary water mains and "bowls" (which share water between secondary water mains); secondary water mains, fountains, wash-houses and public baths; disposal and management of used and unused water. These constitute self-contained, discrete entities, but they also interact, and some of these connections are still visible in the current urban landscape. Water was a major concern for Nancy in the 19th century. Numerous changes occurred during that period. Initially exclusively dependent on underground water resources (wells), Nancy managed to double its resources through the use of surface water (the river Moselle). The gradual adoption of cast iron also contributed to the improvement of the conveyance network, while the railway and the canal introduced physical obstacles to the perennial water supply of the town. Additionally, the sharp increase in population after 1870 led to a much greater demand, for which Nancy had to find efficient solutions. Following the movement of water allows this study to determine the main issues raised by the domestic water system of Nancy at that time, and to apprehend the various uses of that system. This works was achieved through important work in the archives and on the field.
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Etienne Martin. L'hydrosystème domestique et urbain à Nancy au XIXème siècle : essai de géographie historique. Histoire. Université Nancy 2, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010NAN21010⟩. ⟨tel-01748812⟩



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