Environmental History of Latin America

ISBN-10: 0521612985
ISBN-13: 9780521612982
Edition: 2007
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Description: Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the regions urban agglomerations, this text offers an original synthesis of the scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the regions urban agglomerations, this text offers an original synthesis of the scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Props and Scenery
An Old World Before It Was "New"
Shaping Fertile Landscapes
Attitudes toward Nature and Consumption
People Eating People
The Question of Sustainability
Nature's Conquests
Pestilence
Biodiversity's Gains
An Enriched Platter
Responding to Alien Natures
The Colonial Balance Sheet
Consuming Sugar
Deadly Silver
Handcuffed Colonists
Tropical Determinism
Racist Dogmas
Tropical Diseases
Natural Disasters
Plant Maladies
Human Determination
Mountains Moved
Guano Happened
Rivers Reversed
Asphyxiated Habitats
Urban Traditions
Automotive Carnage
Curitiba's Present
Demographic Futures
Developing Environmentalism
Conservationism and Wilderness
The Limits of Popular Environmentalism
Invasions of Paradise
Epilogue: Cuba's Latest Revolution
Suggested Further Readings
Index

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