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From: The Americas
Volume 70, Number 3, January 2014
pp. 555-564 | 10.1353/tam.2014.0020

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The editorial office has received a number of edited volumes of articles and other general texts that will be of interest to our readership. These works tend to be less suitable for unified reviews than monographs, and thus a considerable backlog has developed. To introduce these volumes, we occasionally list in this section the publication information and tables of contents entries for those we have received. The volumes selected for this issue provide an overview of recent work on Environmental History and Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Mexico.

A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico. Edited by Christopher R. Boyer. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2012. Pp. viii, . Illustrations. Tables. Index. $55.00 cloth.

The Cycles of Mexican Environmental History
Christopher R. Boyer

Downslope and North: How Soil Degradation and Synthetic Pesticides Drove the Trajectory of Mexican Agriculture Through the Twentieth Century
Angus Wright

Mexico’s Breadbasket: Agriculture and the Environment in the Bajío
Martin Sánchez Rodríguez

Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Botanical Garden, 1787–1829
Rick A. López

Besieged Forests at Century’s End: Industry, Speculation, and Dispossession in Tlaxcala’s La Malintzin Woodlands, 1860–1910
José Juan Juárez Flores

Water and Revolution in Morelos, 1850–1915
Alejandro Torolero Villaseñor

King Henequen: Order, Progress, and Ecological Change in Yucatán, 1850–1950
Sterling Evans

Class and Nature in the Oil Industry of Northern Veracruz, 1900–1938
Myrna I. Santiago

Parables of Chapultepec: Urban Parks, National Landscapes, and Contradictory Conservation in Modern Mexico
Emily Wakild

The Illusion of National Power: Water Infrastructure in Mexican Cities, 1930–1990
Luis Aboites Aguilar

Episodes of Environmental History in the Gulf of California: Fisheries, Commerce, and Aquaculture of Nacre and Pearls
Mario Monteforte and Micheline Cariño

Conclusion: Of the “Lands in Between” and the Environments of Modernity
Cynthia Radding

Centering Animals in Latin American History. Edited by Martha Few. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2013. Pp. xiv, . Bibliography. Contributors. Index. $26.95 paper; $94.95 cloth.

Foreword
Ericka Fudge

Introduction: Writing Animal Histories
Zeb Tortorici and Martha Few

Part I: Animals , Culture, and Colonialism

The Year the People Turned into Cattle: The End of the World in New Spain, 1558
León García Garagarza

Killing Locusts in Colonial Guatemala
Martha Few

“In the Name of the Father and the Mother of All Dogs”: Canine Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals in Bourbon Mexico
Zeb Tortorici

Part II: Animals and Medicine , Science, and Public Health

From Natural History to Popular Remedy: Animals and Their Medicinal Applications Among the Kallawaya in Colonial Peru
Adam Warren

Pest to Vector: Disease, Public Health, and the Challenges of State-Building in Yucatán, Mexico, 1833–1922
Heather McCrea

Notes on Medicine, Culture, and the History of Imported Monkeys in Puerto Rico
Neel Ahuja

Part III: The Meanings and Politics of Postcolonial Animals

Animal Labor and Protection in Cuba: Changes in Relationships with Animals in the Nineteenth Century
Reinaldo Funes Monzotes, trans. Alex Hidalgo and Zeb Tortorici

On Edge: Fur Seals and Hunters along the Patagonian Littoral, 1860–1930
John Soluri

Birds and Scientists in Brazil: In Search of Protection, 1894–1938
Regina Horta Duarte, trans. Zeb Tortorici and Roger Arthur Cough

Trujillo, the Goat: Of Beasts, Men, and Politics in the Dominican Republic
Lauren Derby

Conclusion: Loving, Being, Killing Animals
Neil L. Whitehead

Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca. By Arthur A. Joyce. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013. Pp. . Figures. Tables. Index. $75.00 cloth.

Foreword
Robert N. Zeitlin

Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca: An Introduction
Arthur A. Joyce

Paleoecological Evidence for Early Agriculture and Forest Clearance in Coastal Oaxaca
Michelle Goman, Arthur A. Joyce, and Raymond G. Mueller

Anthropogenic Landscape Change and the Human Ecology of the Lower Río Verde Valley
Raymond G. Mueller, Arthur A. Joyce, Aleksander Borejsza, and Michelle Goman

Formative Period Burial Practices and Cemeteries
Sarah B. Barber, Arthur A. Joyce, Arion T. Mayes, José Aguilar, and Michelle Butler

Place-Making and Power in the Terminal Formative: Excavations on Rio Viejo’s Acropolis
Arthur A. Joyce, Marc N. Levine, and...


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