An Environmental History of Latin America

An Environmental History of Latin America

by Shawn William Miller
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Cambridge University Press
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An Environmental History of Latin America

This book narrates the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521848534
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2007
Series: New Approaches to the Americas Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: props and scenery; 1. An old world before it was 'new'; 2. Nature's conquests; 3. The colonial balance sheet; 4. Tropical determinism; 5. Human determination; 6. Asphyxiated habitats; 7. Developing environmentalism; Epilogue: Cuba's latest revolution.

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