Environmental History of Latin America (BOK)

Shawn William Miller

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A narration of 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. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to more contemporary forms of conspicuous consumption, figure prominently in the story. However, characters such as hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, dirt, butterflies, guano, and fungi make more than cameo appearances. Recent scholarship has overturned many of our egocentric assumptions about humanity's role in history. 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.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2007 Forfatter Shawn William Miller
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521612982
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 15,4cm x 22,8cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 394 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd