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A land between waters : environmental histories of modern Mexico /
edited by Christopher R. Boyer.
imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2012.
description
viii, 307 p. : ill, maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0816502498 (cloth : acid-free paper), 9780816502493 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2012.
isbn
0816502498 (cloth : acid-free paper)
9780816502493 (cloth : acid-free paper)
contents note
The Cycles of Mexican Environmental History / Christopher R. Boyer -- Downslope and North : How Soil Degradation and Synthetic Pesticides Drove the Trajectory of Mexican Agriculture through the Twentieth Century / Angus Wright -- Mexico's Breadbasket : Agriculture and the Environment in the Bajío / Martín Sánchez Rodríguez -- Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Botanical Garden, 1787-1829 / Rick A. López -- Besieged Forests at Century's End : Industry, Speculation, and Dispossession in Tlaxcala's La Malintzin Woodlands, 1860-1910 / José Juan Juárez Flores -- Water and Revolution in Morelos, 1850-1915 / Alejandro Tortolero Villaseñor -- King Henequen : Order, Progress, and Ecological Change in Yucatán, 1850-1950 / Sterling Evans -- Class and Nature in the Oil Industry of Northern Veracruz, 1900-1938 / Myrna I. Santiago -- Parables of Chapultepec : Urban Parks, National Landscapes, and Contradictory Conservation in Modern Mexico / Emily Wakild -- The Illusion of National Power : Water Infrastructure in Mexican Cities, 1930-1990 / Luis Aboites Aguilar -- Episodes of Environmental History in the Gulf of California : Fisheries, Commerce, and Aquaculture of Nacre and Pearls / Mario Monteforte and Micheline Cariño -- Conclusion: Of the "Lands in Between" and the Environments of Modernity / Cynthia Radding.
catalogue key
8618953
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-03-01:
This history book, edited by Boyer (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; Becoming Campesinos, CH, Nov'03, 41-1739) transcends the audience for which it was intended. For historians, it presents a view of the Mexican environmental historiography. For hydrologists, it contains a wealth of information on the last 250 years of water history and politics in the country. The contributions in this transnational collection of environmental histories are related to water, as the natural environment of Mexico is one dominated mostly by lack of water. The topics covered vary geographically as well as environmentally, from aquaculture in Baja California to henequen in Yucatan, and from urban parks to the oil industry. Another important aspect of this book is that as a binational work, it makes accessible to US audiences the work of Mexican scholars previously available only in Spanish. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals. E. Gomezdelcampo Bowling Green State University
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"This is a landmark study. . . . This will set a standard for studies in Mexican environmental history and serve as a point of departure for further studies." -Evan Ward, author of Border Oasis: Water and the Political Ecology of the Colorado River Delta, 1940-1975
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Summaries
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Mexico is one of the most ecologically diverse nations on the planet, with landscapes that range from rainforests to deserts and from small villages to the continent's largest metropolis. Yet historians are only beginning to understand how people's use of the land, extraction of its resources, and attempts to conserve it have shaped both the landscape and its inhabitants. A Land Between Watersexplores the relationship between the people and the environment in Mexico. It heralds the arrival of environmental history as a major area of study within the field of Mexican history. This volume brings together a dozen original works of environmental history by some of the foremost experts in Mexican environmental history from both the United States and Mexico. The contributions collected in this seminal volume explore a wide array of topics, from the era of independence to the present day. Together they examine how humans have used, abused, and attended to nature in Mexico over more than two hundred years. Written in clear, accessible prose, A Land Between Watersshowcases the breadth of Mexican environmental history in a way that defines the key topics in the field and suggests avenues for subsequent work. Most importantly, it assesses the impacts of environmental changes that Mexico has faced in the past with an eye to informing national debates about the challenges that the nation will face in the future.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Cycles of Mexican Environmental Historyp. 1
Downslope and North: How Soil Degradation and Synthetic Pesticides Drove the Trajectory of Mexican Agriculture through the Twentieth Centuryp. 22
Mexico's Breadbasket: Agriculture and the Environment in the Bajíop. 50
Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Botanical Garden, 1787-1829p. 73
Besieged Forests at Century's End: Industry, Speculation, and Dispossession in Tlaxcala's La Malintzin Woodlands, 1860-1910.p. 100
Water and Revolution in Morelos, 1850-1915p. 124
King Henequen: Order, Progress, and Ecological Change in Yucatán, 1850-1950p. 150
Class and Nature in the Oil Industry of Northern Veracruz, 1900-1938p. 173
Parables of Chapultepec: Urban Parks, National Landscapes, and Contradictory Conservation in Modern Mexicop. 192
The Illusion of National Power: Water Infrastructure in Mexican Cities, 1930-1990p. 218
Episodes of Environmental History in the Gulf of California: Fisheries, Commerce, and Aquaculture of Nacre and Pearlsp. 245
Conclusion: Of the "Lands in Between" and the Environments of Modernityp. 277
About the Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 301
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