Book ID: CBB001421939

A Land between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico (2012)


Boyer, Christopher R. (Editor)

University of Arizona Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: viii + 307 pp.; ill.; maps; index
Language: English

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 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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Review Sheridan, Thomas E. (2014) Review of "A Land between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico". Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal (pp. 159-162). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bennett, Judith A.
Eliasson, Per
Nilsson, Sven
McWilliams, James E.
Hölzl, Richard
Wishart, David J
Environmental History
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Science as Culture
Studies in History of Biology
Environment and History
White Horse Press
University of Nebraska Press
Yale University Press
Auckland University Press
Ohio University Press
Environmental history
Forests and forestry
Land settlement
Kostychev, Pavel Andreevich
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
16th century
17th century
Islands of the Pacific
United States

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