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

By Shawn William Miller

A narration of the collectively mortal ancient contest among people and nature in Latin the USA. masking a interval that starts off with Amerindian civilizations and concludes within the region's current city agglomerations, the paintings bargains an unique synthesis of the present scholarship on Latin America's environmental historical past and argues that tropical nature performed a principal function in shaping the region's old improvement. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to extra modern different types of conspicuous intake, determine prominently within the tale. although, characters akin to hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, dust, butterflies, guano, and fungi make greater than cameo appearances. fresh scholarship has overturned a lot of our selfish assumptions approximately humanity's position in historical past. Seeing Latin America's environmental previous from the point of view of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, old and smooth, were concurrently extra robust and extra susceptible than formerly thought.

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