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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. The Cycles of Mexican Environmental History
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Downslope and North: How Soil Degradation and Synthetic Pesticides Drove the Trajectory of Mexican Agriculture through the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 22-49
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  1. 3. Mexico’s Breadbasket: Agriculture and the Environment in the Bajío
  2. pp. 50-72
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  1. 4. Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Botanical Garden, 1787–1829
  2. pp. 73-99
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  1. 5. Besieged Forests at Century’s End: Industry, Speculation, and Dispossession in Tlaxcala’s La Malintzin Woodlands, 1860–1910
  2. pp. 100-123
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  1. 6. Water and Revolution in Morelos, 1850–1915
  2. pp. 124-149
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  1. 7. King Henequen: Order, Progress, and Ecological Change in Yucatán, 1850–1950
  2. pp. 150-172
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  1. 8. Class and Nature in the Oil Industry of Northern Veracruz, 1900–1938
  2. pp. 173-191
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  1. 9. Parables of Chapultepec: Urban Parks, National Landscapes, and Contradictory Conservation in Modern Mexico
  2. pp. 192-217
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  1. 10. The Illusion of National Power: Water Infrastructure in Mexican Cities, 1930–1990
  2. pp. 218-244
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  1. 11. Episodes of Environmental History in the Gulf of California: Fisheries, Commerce, and Aquaculture of Nacre and Pearls
  2. pp. 245-276
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  1. 12. Conclusion: Of the “Lands in Between” and the Environments of Modernity
  2. pp. 277-296
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816599509
Related ISBN
9780816502493
MARC Record
OCLC
819379957
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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