Book ID: CBB001212498

Mercury, Mining, and Empire: The Human and Ecological Cost of Colonial Silver Mining in the Andes (2011)

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Robins, Nicholas A. (Author)


Indiana University Press


Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: xiv + 298 pp.; maps
Language: English

"On the basis of an examination of the colonial mercury and silver production processes and related labor systems, Mercury, Mining, and Empire explores the effects of mercury pollution in colonial Huancavelica, Peru, and Potosí, in present-day Bolivia. The book presents a multifaceted and interwoven tale of what colonial exploitation of indigenous peoples and resources left in its wake. It is a socio-ecological history that explores the toxic interrelationships between mercury and silver production, urban environments, and the people who lived and worked in them. Nicholas A. Robins tells the story of how native peoples in the region were conscripted into the noxious ranks of foot soldiers of proto-globalism, and how their fate, and that of their communities, was - and still is - chained to it."--pub. desc.

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Review Hosler, Dorothy (2013) Review of "Mercury, Mining, and Empire: The Human and Ecological Cost of Colonial Silver Mining in the Andes". Technology and Culture (pp. 973-975). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Raphael, Renée J.
Guerrero, Saúl
Bigelow, Allison Margaret
Heer, Esther Schmid
Steele, John C.
Vasko, Timothy Bowers
Journals
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
New Books Network Podcast
Journal for the History of Knowledge
Medical History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Publishers
Duke University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of North Carolina Press
Schwabe
Cambridge University Press
Dumbarton Oaks
Concepts
Spain, colonies
Colonialism
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Mines and mining
Silver
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
People
Barba, Alvaro Alonso
Zilsel, Edgar
Oviedo y Valdés, Gonzalo Fernández
Columbus, Christopher
Time Periods
Early modern
16th century
17th century
18th century
Modern
19th century
Places
Peru
Bolivia
South America
Andes
Spain
Americas
Institutions
UNESCO
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
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