This project is the first part of our efforts to study the environmental history of the Danube. It aims to produce the first integrated, interdisciplinary environmental history of the Viennese Danube from Early Modern times until the end of the 19th century. In such an environmental history, social and natural dynamics are of equal importance, because the main focus is their interaction. This poses methodical challenges and requires the cooperation of several disciplines.
We will study how humans perceived of riverine landscapes, which strategies guided land use along the river's course, how the river shaped patterns of supply and disposal of materials for the city, and how the river itself was changed and changed its characteristics over the roughly 400 years investigated. As cities depend on extensive "hinterlands" for their provision, we will include the study of selected interactions between Vienna and important supply areas.