A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico

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Christopher R. Boyer
University of Arizona Press, Sep 1, 2012 - History - 307 pages
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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 continentÕs largest metropolis. Yet historians are only beginning to understand how peopleÕs use of the land, extraction of its resources, and attempts to conserve it have shaped both the landscape and its inhabitants.

A Land Between Waters explores 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 Waters showcases 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.
 

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Contents

1 The Cycles of Mexican Environmental History Christopher R Boyer
1
How Soil Degradation and Synthetic Pesticides Drove the Trajectory of Mexican Agriculture through the Twentieth Century Angus Wright
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Agriculture and the Environment in the Bajío Martín Sánchez Rodríguez
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4 Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Botanical Garden 17871829 Rick A López
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Industry Speculation and Dispossession in Tlaxcalas La Malintzin Woodlands 18601910 José Juan Juárez Flores
100
6 Water and Revolution in Morelos 18501915 Alejandro Tortolero Villaseñor
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Order Progress and Ecological Change in Yucatán 18501950 Sterling Evans
150
8 Class and Nature in the Oil Industry of Northern Veracruz 19001938 Myrna I Santiago
173
Urban Parks National Landscapes and Contradictory Conservation in Modern Mexico Emily Wakild
192
Water Infrastructure in Mexican Cities 19301990 Luis Aboites Aguilar
218
Fisheries Commerce and Aquaculture of Nacre and Pearls Mario Monteforte and Micheline Cariño
245
Of the Lands in Between and the Environments of Modernity Cynthia Radding
277
About the Contributors
297
Index
301
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Christopher R. Boyer is an associate professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Becoming Campesinos: Politics, Identity, and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoac‡n, 1920Ð1935.

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