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

By Shawn William Miller

A narration of the together mortal ancient contest among people and nature in Latin the USA. overlaying a interval that starts off 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 historical past and argues that tropical nature performed a imperative function in shaping the region's ancient improvement. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to extra modern different types of conspicuous intake, determine prominently within the tale. notwithstanding, characters reminiscent of hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, airborne dirt and dust, butterflies, guano, and fungi make greater than cameo appearances. contemporary scholarship has overturned a lot of our selfish assumptions approximately humanity's function in historical past. Seeing Latin America's environmental previous from the point of view of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, old and sleek, were concurrently extra robust and extra weak than formerly thought.

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