Eric H. Ash


The Draining of the Fens: Projectors, Popular Politics, and State Building in Early Modern England
Eric H. Ash (Dibner Fellow, 2013-14)

The draining of the Fens in eastern England was one of the largest engineering projects in seventeenth-century Europe. A series of Dutch and English "projectors," working over several decades and with the full support of the Crown, transformed hundreds of thousands of acres of putatively barren wetlands into dry, arable farmland.