An Environmental History of Latin America (New Approaches to by Shawn William Miller PDF

By Shawn William Miller

ISBN-10: 0521612985

ISBN-13: 9780521612982

ISBN-10: 0521848539

ISBN-13: 9780521848534

A narration of the together mortal old contest among people and nature in Latin the USA. masking a interval that starts with Amerindian civilizations and concludes within the region's current city agglomerations, the paintings deals an unique synthesis of the present scholarship on Latin America's environmental heritage and argues that tropical nature performed a vital function in shaping the region's ancient improvement. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to extra modern varieties of conspicuous intake, determine prominently within the tale. besides the fact that, characters resembling hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, dust, butterflies, guano, and fungi make greater than cameo appearances. fresh scholarship has overturned lots of our selfish assumptions approximately humanity's position in heritage. Seeing Latin America's environmental earlier from the point of view of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, old and smooth, were at the same time extra strong and extra susceptible than formerly thought.

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