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Mercury, Mining, and Empire
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Amalgamating an Empire
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. 2. Toxic Travails: Mining in Huancavelica
  2. pp. 47-72
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  1. 3. Blood Silver
  2. pp. 73-99
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  1. 4. Connecting the Drops:The Wider Human and Environmental Costs
  2. pp. 101-147
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  1. 5. From Corrosion to Collapse:The Destruction of Native Communities
  2. pp. 149-175
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-266
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-298
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