"Mexico is well known for its vulnerability to a variety of disasters, ranging from droughts and floods to devastating epidemics. Using extensive archival resources in Mexico and Spain, environmental historian Endfield (Univ. of Nottingham) focuses on three regions with their diverse environmentsthe Rio Conchos Basin in the state of Chihuahua, Guanajuato and the Chichimec territory, and the Valley of Oaxacato compare and contrast the impact of climate crises on the economic and social-political systems of the agrarian Indian and Spanish societies of colonial Mexico from 1521 to 1820. The author discusses climate disasters of the late pre-Hispanic period, as well as the prehistory of the three study regions. Repeated climate events resulted in societal disruption, demographic changes, and conflict. Endfield shows how the societies in these three regions coped with and adapted to the risks and hazards of extreme weather over the centuries. This impressive archival study on Mexico provides a historical perspective on environmental change and the cultural response in such detail and depth that it will be used by many disciplines as global warming produces more frequent and devastating climate events in Mesoamerica and elsewhere." (J. B. Richardson III, University of Pittsburgh, Choice, February 2009)
Climate and Society in Colonial Mexico: A Study in Vulnerabilityby Georgina H. Endfield
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By considering three case study regions in Mexico during the Colonial era, Climate and Society in Colonial Mexico: A Study in Vulnerability examines the complex interrelationship between climate and society and its contemporary implications.
- Provides unique insights on climate and society by capitalizing on Mexico’s rich colonial archives
- Offers a unique approach by combining geographical and historic perspectives in order to comprehend contemporary concerns over climate change
- Considers three case study regions in Mexico with very different cultural, economic, and environmental characteristics
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–Diana Liverman, University of Oxford
"With a deft and informed pen, Endfield carries the reader rapidly through the escalating crises of colonial Mexico. Based on rich documentation Endfield sketches environmental disasters and epidemics, the looming problem of population growth and subsistence shortfalls, and the illusion of economic growth. She illustrates, in a responsible and fascinating way, how vulnerability and human response can serve as an empirical and conceptual approach to study causality."
–Karl Butzer, The University of Texas at Austin
Meet the Author
Georgina H. Endfield is a Reader in Environmental History in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. She has published papers in a wide variety of journals, including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and is winner of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. She is editor of the journal Environment and History.
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