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By Shawn William Miller

ISBN-10: 0521612985

ISBN-13: 9780521612982

ISBN-10: 0521848539

ISBN-13: 9780521848534

A narration of the at the same time mortal ancient contest among people and nature in Latin the United States. protecting a interval that starts with Amerindian civilizations and concludes within the region's current city agglomerations, the paintings bargains an unique synthesis of the present scholarship on Latin America's environmental background and argues that tropical nature performed a critical position in shaping the region's ancient improvement. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to extra modern types of conspicuous intake, determine prominently within the tale. besides the fact that, characters reminiscent of hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, dust, butterflies, guano, and fungi make greater than cameo appearances. contemporary scholarship has overturned a lot of our selfish assumptions approximately humanity's position in background. Seeing Latin America's environmental prior from the point of view of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, old and sleek, were concurrently extra robust and extra weak than formerly thought.

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