Aftershocks: Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America

Overview

Earthquakes have helped shape the history of many Latin American nations. The effects of floods, droughts, hurricanes, and earthquakes and tsunamis have destroyed peoples' lives and their built environments, and changed land forms, such as mountains, rivers, forests, and canyons.

This collection of essays focuses on earthquakes in Latin America since the mid-nineteenth century. Often interpreted as evidence of God's wrath, internalized as punishment for sins, and serving as ...

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Overview

Earthquakes have helped shape the history of many Latin American nations. The effects of floods, droughts, hurricanes, and earthquakes and tsunamis have destroyed peoples' lives and their built environments, and changed land forms, such as mountains, rivers, forests, and canyons.

This collection of essays focuses on earthquakes in Latin America since the mid-nineteenth century. Often interpreted as evidence of God's wrath, internalized as punishment for sins, and serving as detonators of revolutions, earthquakes have shined an unforgiving light on political corruption and provided new opportunities to previously disadvantaged groups. These analyses of earthquakes reveal the human role in shaping interactions with our environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826346230
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Series: Dialogos Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jürgen Buchenau is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico's Central America Policy, 1876-1930 and coeditor of Governors in the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1952: Portraits in Conflict, Corruption, and Courage.

Lyman L. Johnson is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is also the general editor for UNM Press's Dialogos series.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction Earthquakes and Latin American Political Culture Jürgen Buchenau Lyman L. Johnson 1

Chapter 1 Great Balls of Fire 18

Premonitions and the Destruction of Lima, 1746 Charles F. Walker

Chapter 2 Nature, God, and Nation in Revolutionary Venezuela 43

The Holy Thursday Earthquakes of 1812 Stuart Mccook

Chapter 3 Social and Political Fault Lines 70

The Valparaíso Earthquake of 1906 Samuel J. Martland

Chapter 4 The "Superstition of Adobe" and the Certainty of Concrete 100

Shelter and Power after the 1944 San Juan Earthquake in Argentina Mark Alan Healey

Chapter 5 Natural Disaster, Political Earthquake 129

The 1972 Destruction of Managua and the Somoza Dynasty Paul J. Dosal

Chapter 6 Under God's Thumb 156

The 1976 Guatemala Earthquake Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Chapter 7 Economic Fault Lines and Middle-Class Fears 184

Tlatelolco, Mexico City, 1985 Louise E. Walker

Contributors 222

Index 224

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