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An Environmental History of Latin America (review)

An Environmental History of Latin America (review) Book Reviews An Environmental History of Latin America. By shawn william miller. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 272 pp. $69.00 (cloth); $24.99 (paper). The scholarship on Latin American environmental history has burgeoned in the past decade. Scholars have both sharpened their examination of the environmental consequences of 1492, first studied by Carl O. Sauer and Alfred Crosby, and moved beyond discussions of the Columbian Exchange to consider issues in the later colonial and national periods in Latin America. Particularly within the past decade, historians have turned their attention to the human impact on the environment and, increasingly, to environmental influence on human activity in the areas south of the U.S. border. This quickening of environmental history led to a rapid expansion of the scholarship on such topics such as disease, deforestation, urbanization, the struggle over water, and conservationism in Central and South America. Moreover, historians have begun to integrate environmental themes into existing courses and develop new ones that focus primarily on the environment. Shawn William Miller has produced a book that both reflects the direction of recent research and could serve as an excellent axis around which to structure courses on the topic. In a sense, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

An Environmental History of Latin America (review)

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Book Reviews An Environmental History of Latin America. By shawn william miller. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 272 pp. $69.00 (cloth); $24.99 (paper). The scholarship on Latin American environmental history has burgeoned in the past decade. Scholars have both sharpened their examination of the environmental consequences of 1492, first studied by Carl O. Sauer and Alfred Crosby, and moved beyond discussions of the Columbian Exchange to consider issues in the later colonial and national periods in Latin America. Particularly within the past decade, historians have turned their attention to the human impact on the environment and, increasingly, to environmental influence on human activity in the areas south of the U.S. border. This quickening of environmental history led to a rapid expansion of the scholarship on such topics such as disease, deforestation, urbanization, the struggle over water, and conservationism in Central and South America. Moreover, historians have begun to integrate environmental themes into existing courses and develop new ones that focus primarily on the environment. Shawn William Miller has produced a book that both reflects the direction of recent research and could serve as an excellent axis around which to structure courses on the topic. In a sense,

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 23, 2009

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