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A Living Past By John Soluri

A Living Past by John Soluri

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Though still a relatively young field, the study of Latin American environmental history is no longer in its infancy. Bringing together thirteen leading experts on the region, A Living Past gives a transnational and thematically diverse survey of historical developments since the nineteenth century.

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A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America by John Soluri

Though still a relatively young field, the study of Latin American environmental history is blossoming, as the contributions to this definitive volume demonstrate. Bringing together thirteen leading experts on the region, A Living Past synthesizes a wide range of scholarship to offer new perspectives on environmental change in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean since the nineteenth century. Each chapter provides insightful, up-to-date syntheses of current scholarship on critical countries and ecosystems (including Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, the tropical Andes, and tropical forests) and such cross-cutting themes as agriculture, conservation, mining, ranching, science, and urbanization. Together, these studies provide valuable historical contexts for making sense of contemporary environmental challenges facing the region.

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"Taken together, the 13 essays that compose this volume provide an excellent introduction to the current state of modern Latin America's environmental history. The volume admirably achieves both major goals established by the editors: to provide a synthesis of recent works in the field and to expose some of the seams and unresolved tensions in the practice of Latin American and Caribbean environmental history. While the volume will be of significant utility to established scholars in the field, graduate students and those new to the terrain of modern Latin America's environmental history are likely to be the greatest beneficiaries. Most of the chapters are also concise and cogent enough to be accessible to advanced undergraduates." * Hispanic American Historical Review

"Together, these essays stand out for their rich analysis, synthetic quality, and wide-ranging geographies and temporalities. Most of the authors consistently draw comparisons, connections and disjunctures across the region and beyond. Only two take the nation-state as their unit of analysis, but rather than diminishing their value, the authors' choices allow them to rewrite national histories through the lens of environmental politics and the territorialisation of nature as material fact and cultural construction." * Environment and History

"This collection will prove to be a valuable resource for many. Scholars in environmental humanities and science recognize the challenges in discussing these layered problems in the classroom. This book provides a model going forward in presenting the historical background of current crises. Meanwhile, undergraduate students will benefit from how each chapter situates the question at hand in social, cultural, economic, and political history. Graduate students will appreciate the thorough research outlined in the chapters and in the footnotes. Overall, A Living Past lives up to its name and frames the past as very much alive in the Latin American environment." * H-Net Reviews

"There is no book out there that matches the scope, detail, and comprehensiveness of A Living Past. Especially for an edited collection of this kind, the consistency and quality of the scholarship are remarkable." * Shawn Miller, Brigham Young University

"With a refreshing variety of approaches, these essays represent the best of an emerging international network of scholars dedicated to Latin America. Together, they contain not just histories of decline, but a rich diversity of narratives." * Joachim Radkau, University of Bielefeld

About John Soluri

John Soluri is Director of Global Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches courses on food, energy, environment, and commodities in Latin America. He is the author of Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Environmental Change, and Consumption in Honduras and the United States (2006).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Tables, and Figures
List of Maps

Introduction: Finding the "Latin American" in Latin American Environmental History
John Soluri, Claudia Leal, Jose Augusto Padua

Chapter 1. Mexico's Ecological Revolutions
Chris Boyer and Martha Micheline Carino Olvera

Chapter 2. The Greater Caribbean and the Transformation of Tropicality
Reinaldo Funes Monzote

Chapter 3. Indigenous Imprints and Remnants in the Tropical Andes
Nicolas Cuvi

Chapter 4. The Dilemma of the "Splendid Cradle": Nature and Territory in the Construction of Brazil
Jose Augusto Padua

Chapter 5. From Threatening to Threatened Jungles
Claudia Leal

Chapter 6. The Ivy and the Wall: Environmental Narratives from an Urban Continent
Lise Sedrez and Regina Horta Duarte

Chapter 7. Home Cooking: Campesinos, Cuisine, and Agrodiversity
John Soluri

Chpater 8. Hoofprints: Cattle Ranching and Landscape Transformation
Shawn Van Ausdal and Robert W. Wilcox

Chapter 9. Extraction Stories: Workers, Nature, and Communities in the Mining and Oil Industries
Myrna I. Santiago

Chapter 10. Prodigality and Sustainability: The Environmental Sciences and the Quest for Development
Stuart McCook

Chapter 11. A Panorama of Parks: Deep Nature, Depopulation, and the Cadence of Conserving Nature
Emily Wakild

Epilogue: Latin American Environmental History in Global Perspective
J.R. McNeill

Selected Bibliography

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A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America by John Soluri
Berghahn Books
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