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Environmental History of Latin America

Lise Sedrez

Abbass, D. K. 1993. Herd Development in hte New World Spanish Colonies: Conquistadores and Peasants. In Themes in Rural History of the Wstern World. Ed. Richard Herr, 165-93. Ames, IO: Iowa State University Press.

Albert, Bruce. 1992. Indian lands, environmental policy and military geopolitics in the development of the Brazilian Amazon: The case of the Yanomami. Development and Change , no. 23: 35-70.

Alvarez Pelaez, Raquel. 1993. La conquista de la naturaleza americana. Madrid, Spain: Consejo superior de investigaciones cientificas.

Alvarez, Sonia E., Evelina Dagnino, and Arturo Escobar, Eds. 1998. Cultures of politics, politics of cultures: re-visioning Latin American social movements. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

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Arnold, Linda . "Dr. Linda Arnold." Web page, [accessed 25 July 1999]. Available at http://www.majbill.vt.edu/history/arnold/arnold.htm.

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Beck, Hanno. 1984. Los paises tropicales como iconografia natural: Alexander von Humboldt y los comienzos del pensamiento ecologista. Humboldt 25, no. 83: 22-29.

Benson, Elizabeth P. 1997. Birds and Beasts of Ancient Latin America. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florid.
Reviewed by Bryan Just, Tulane University. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=1071891031452

Butzer, Karl W. 1995. Biological Transfer, Agricultural Change, and Environmental Implications of 1492. International germplasm transfer : past and present : proceedings of two symposia sponsored by Division C-8 of the Crop Science Society of America, Editor Ronny R. Duncan, 3-29Madison, Wis: American Society of Agronomy : Soil Science Society of America.

Butzer, Karl W. 1996. Economic Aspects of Water Management in the Prehispanic New World. Antiquity 70, no. 267: 200-205.

Cañizares Esguerra, Jorge. 1999. New World, New Stars: Patriotic Astrology and the Invention of Indian and Creole Bodies in Colonial Spanish America, 1600-1650. The American Historical Review 104, no. 1: 33-68.

Cardoso, Ciro Flamarion, and Hecto Pérez Brignoli. 1983. História econômica da América Latina: sistemas agrários e história colonial, economias de exportação e desenvolvimento capitalista. Rio de Janeiro: Graal.
Abstract: Latin America, examines the agrarian systems during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. (Note by FHS)

Castro Herrera, Guillermo. 1997. The Environmental Crisis and the Tasks of History in Latin America. Environment and History 3: 1-18.
Abstract: The study of history in a sense that can be called 'environmental' is a discipline yet to be created in Latin America. This has become an obstacle that must be overcome if we are to understand better the serious social and environmental deterioration of the region. To this end, Latin American historians must engage in dialogue simultaneously with their own societies and with environmental historians from the North Atlantic world. Collaboration between our societies - so different in so many ways - is essential if we want to survive the global environmental problems created by the world system of which we are both part. (AA)

Castro Herrera, Guillermo. 1994. Los Trabajos de Ajuste y Combate: Naturaleza y Sociedad en la Historia de America Latina. Havana, Cuba: Casa de las Americas.
Abstract: Agreement and conflict: nature and society in the history of Latin America. Environmental policy and human ecology, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Text in Spanish. (Note by FHS)

Center For World Indigenous Studies. 1997. "The Fourth World Documentation Project - North, South and Central American Documents." Web page, [accessed 24 July 1999]. Available at http://www.cwis.org/americas.html.

Chardon, Carlos E. 1949. Los Naturalistas en la America Latina. Trujillo, Dominican Republic: Editorial del Caribe.
Bibliography, photographs, index. Latin American naturalists from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Text in Spanish. (Note by FHS)

Collinson, Helen. 1996. Green guerrillas environmental conflicts and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean : a reader. London: Latin American Bureau.

Crosby Jr., Alfred W. 1973. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. Wesport, CN: Greenwood Press.

Crosby Jr., Alfred W. 1986. Ecological imperialism: the biological expansion of Europe, 900-1900. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Crosby Jr., Alfred W. 1989. Reassessing 1492. American Quarterly 41, no. 4: 661-70.

Cunill, Pedro. 1995. Las transformaciones del espacio geohistórico latinoamericano, 1930-1990. México: Colegio de México, Fondo de Cultura Econômica.

D'Adamo, O. 1972. The Evolution of the Forest Products Industry in Latin America. World Wood 13, no. 11: 32-34.

Dean, Warren. 1973. Confronting the Environmental Crisis in Latin America: A prod to Action. Occasional Papers, 2. New York: New York University.

Dean, Warren. 1968. Sources for the Study of Latin America Economic History, the Records of North American Private Enterprises. Austin, Texas: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Offprint series No. 68, microform held by General Microfilm Company. Twentieth century. (Note by FHS)

Dean, Warren. 1992. The Tasks of Latin American Environmental History. In Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today's Challenges in Central & South America. Eds. Harold K. Steen, and Richard P. Tucker, 5-15. Durham, North Carolina: Forest History Society.
Proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Forest History Society and the IUFRO Forest History Group. (Note by FHS)

Denevan, William M . 1992. The pristine myth: the landscape of the Americas in 1492. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 82, no. 3: 369-85.

Diamond, Jared. Norton. Guns, Germs and Steel ­ The Fates of Human Societies.New York.
Reviewed by Jose Drummond, Political Science Department, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Niteroi, Brazil. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=24579933864938

Dore, E. 1994. La Interpretación Socio-Ecológica de la Historia Minera de América Latina. Ecologia Politica 7.

Drummond, José Augusto. 1991. A História Ambiental: Temas, Fontes e Linhas de Pesquisa. Estudos Históricos 8.

Durham, William, and Michael Painter, eds. 1995. The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Escudero, José Carlos. 1991. The Logic of the Biosphere, The Logic of Capitalism--Nutrition in Latin America. Review 14, no. 1: 1-25.

Ewan, Joseph . 1989. Five American naturalists on the Andes and Amazon: A study in personality. Archives of Natural History 18: 14.

Ewan, Joseph. 1977. Plant Resources in Colonial America. Environmental Review 1, no. 2: 44-55.

First Run/Icarus Films. 1999. "Films on Latin America." Web page, [accessed 30 July 1999]. Available at http://www.frif.com/subjects/latin_am.html.

Forest History Society . 1999. "Bibliography." Web page, [accessed 24 July 1999]. Available at http://www.lib.duke.edu/forest/biblio.html .
For over 50 years the Society has monitored the world of publishing for items written as history and dealing with the utilization, management, and appreciation of our forest related resources. Since the early 1980s the information has been maintained in a computer database and is continually updated. As of early 1999 the bibliography contained over 25,000 annotated citations to books, articles and dissertations providing a historical perspective on topics. (Note by FHS)

Gallopín, Gilberto C. 1995. El futuro ecológico de un continente : una visión prospectiva de la América Latina. New York/Mexico: Editorial de la Univ. de las Naciones Unidas/ Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Abstract: Classification of major ecosystems in Latin America dominates the first of these large volumes. Presentations in vol. 2 address several grand themes such as the productivity of varying ecosystems, development and environment, protected areas, and the social consequences of ecological changes. (HLAS).

Garcia, Virginia Acosta, Editor. 1996. Historia y desastres en América Latina, vol I. Bogotá, Colombia: La Red/Ciesas.

Garcia, Virginia Acosta, Editor. 1997. Historia y desastres en América Latina, Vol. II. Lima, Peru: La Red/Ciesas.

Gerbi, Antonello. 1973. The Dispute of the New World. Trans. Jeremy Moyle. Pittsburg: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Gligo, Nicolo. 1986. Agricultura y medio ambiente en América Latina. Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio/San José, Mexico: Editorial Universitaria Centroamericana/Sociedad Interamericana de Planificación.
Abstract: Explores problem of transforming natural environments for agricultural use and maintaining their productivity. Reviews ideas and approaches presented in recent publications of the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Planning. (HLAS).

Gligo, Nicolo. 1980. Notas Sobre la Historia Ecológica de América Latina. In Estilos de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente en América Latina. Eds. Nicolo Gligo, and Osvaldo SunkelMexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Abstract: Results of a project (1978 to mid-1980) and seminar (19-23 Nov. 1979, Santiago, Chile) on development and the environment in Latin America , sponsored by ECLA and the UN Program for the Environment. Deals with general considerations and development of forestry and agricultural resources, with final chapter on oceans and fishing. (HLAS).

Graham, Alan, Ed. 1973. Vegetation and Vegetational History of Northern Latin America. Amsterdam/New York: Bloomington, Elsevier.
Abstract: Papers presented as part of a symposium at the American Institute of Biological Sciences meetings in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1970. Climate change, ecology, natural history, paleobotany, and phytogeography of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America since prehistoric times. (Note by FHS)

Griffiths, Tom, and Libby Robin, Editors. 1998. Ecology and Empire: The Environmental History of Settler Societies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Grove, Richard. 1990. Colonial Conservation, Ecological Hegemony and Popular Resistance: Towards a Global Synthesis. In Imperialism and the Natural World. Ed. J. MacKenzieManchester, England: Manchester University Press.

Guy, Donna J., and Thomas E Sheridan. 1998. Contested Ground: Comparative Frontiers on the Northern and Southern Edges of the Spanish Empire. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.
Reviewed by Ralph Lee Woodward, Department of History, Tulane University. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=20463925745076

Houghton, R. A., D. S. Lefkowitz, and D. L. Stole. 1991. Changes in the Landscape of Latin America Between 1850 and 1985. Forest Ecology and Management 38: 143-72.
Discussion of forest management, land use policy, land degradation, and deforestation. (Note by FHS)

Lentz, David Lewis, Ed. 2000. Imperfect balance landscape transformations in the Precolumbian Americas. The Historical Ecology Series: Historical Ecology Series. New York: Columbia University Press.

Maeglin, Robert R., and R. Sidney Boone. 1993. Forest Products from Latin America: Annotated Bibliography of World Literature on Research, Industry, and Resource of Latin America 1915 to 1989. Madison, Wisconsi: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.

Mamalakis, Markos . 1977. Minerals, Multi-Nationals and Foreign Investiment in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Studies 9: 225-50.
The author argues that 19th century corporations adhered to policies that maintained dependency status for Latin American nations by encouraging the export of raw materials and discouraging manufacturing. (Review from Environmental Review, Bibliographic Supplement II 1978).

Maria de Hoyos, Coord. 1999. "Etnohistoria." Web page. Available at http://www.etnohistoria.com.ar/.

Martinez-Alier, Joan. 1993. Temas de historia economico-ecologica. Historia y Ecologia , no. 11: 19-48.

Maslow, Jonathan. 1996. Footsteps in the Jungle: Adventures in the Scientific Exploration of the American Tropics. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee.
Reviewed by Stuart McCook, The College of New Jersey. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=2111867761669

McNeill, John R. 1999. Ecology, Epidemics and Empires: Environmental Change and the Geopolitics of Tropical America, 1600-1825. Environment and History 5: 175-84.
In the Atlantic tropics, from Florida to Brazil, yellow fever attacked different populations differently. It killed ousiders more easily than locals, whites more easily than blacks, adults more easily than children. This meant that, after yellow fever was firmly ensconced via an ecological reconfiguration connected to sugar (c. 1640-90) it underpinned a military and political status quo, keeping Spanish America Spanish. After 1780, and particularly in the Haitian revolution, yellow fever undermined that stauts quo by assisting independence movements in the American tropics. (AA).

Meyer, Carrie A. 1997. Public-nonprofit partnerships and north-south green finance. Journal of Environment & Development 6, no. 2: 123-47.

Mintz, Sidney W. 1986. Sweetness and power the place of sugar in modern history. New York, Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Social aspects and History of Sugar trade in the Americas

Mundy, Barbara E. 1996. The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geográficas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Nigh, Ronald, and Nemesio J. Rodriguez. 1995. Territorios violados: indios, medio ambiente y desarrollo en America Latina. Mexico: Direccion general de publicaciones del Consejo nacional para la cultura y las artes: Instituto nacional indigenista.

Olivier, Santiago. 1981. Ecologia y subdesarollo en America Latina. Mexico: Siglo Veintiuno Editores.

Parsons, James J. 1989. Hispanic Lands and People: Selected Writings of James J. Parsons. Ed. William M. Denevan. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press.
Historical interaction with the environment in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula from the sixteenth century through the 1980s. (Note by FHS).

Parsons, James J., and William V. Davidson, Eds. 1980. Historical geography of Latin America: papers in honor of Robert C. West. Baton Rouge, LA: School of Geoscience, Louisiana State University.

Peritore, N. Patrick, and Ana Karina Galve-Peritone, Editors. 1995. Biotechnology in Latin America: politics, impacts, and risks. Wilmington, DL: SR Books.
Reviewed by Drew P. Halevy, University of Arkansas, for H-LatAm. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=11290851790230

Piperno, Dolores R., and Deborah M Pearsall. 1998. The Origins of Agriculture in the Lowland Neotropics. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Place, Susan E., Editor. 1993. Tropical rainforests: Latin American nature and society in transition. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.
Reviewed by Stuart McCook, The College of New Jersey. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=26166846337325

Price, M. 1994. Ecopolitics and environmental non-governmental organizations in Latin America. Geographical Review , no. 84: 42-58.

Sauer, Carl Ortwin. 1966. The early Spanish Main. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Slatta, Richard W. 1999. "Comparing Frontiers: A Working Bibliography ." Web page, [accessed 20 July 1999]. Available at http://courses.ncsu.edu/classes/hi300001/comparebib.htm#link3.

Slatta, Richard W. 1999. "Latin American History Research Sites." Web page, [accessed 24 July 1999]. Available at http://courses.ncsu.edu/classes/hi300001/bkmarks.htm#2151.

Sluyter, Andrew. 1996. The Ecological Origins and Consequences of Cattle Ranching in Sixteenth-Century New Spain. Geographical Review , no. 86: 161-77.
Despite the dramatic landscape changes Mexico has undergone due to the introduction of cattle ranching by the Spaniards in the early sixteenth century, the ecological origins of that pastroecosystem have remained obscure. Land-grant records demonstrate that as the colonial economy expanded, the transhumant model proliferated and came into conflict with those native settlements that had survived the pandemics of the early sixteenth century. In circumventing viceregal laws meant to protect native cultures and ecologies, ranchers prevented their recovery; the consequences persist to the present. (HLAS).

Sluyter, Andrew. 1997. Landscape Change and Livestock in Sixteenth-Century New Spain: The Archival Data Base. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook, 27-39.

Sponsel, Leslie E., Thomas N. Headland, and Robert C. Bailey, eds. 1996. Tropical Deforestation: The Human Dimension. New York: Columbia University PRess.

Steen, Harold K., and Richard P. Tucker, eds. 1992. Changing tropical forests: historical perspectives on today's challenges in Central & South America. Durham, NC: Forest History Society.

Stone, Roger D. 1990. The Voyage of the Sanderling: Exploring the Ecology of the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Rio. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Chronicles the journey made by the author in 1986-1988 to assess environmental problems confronting the Atlantic coast. Includes sections on the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil and discusses the history of human impact on coastal regions. (HLAS).

Sunkel, Osvaldo. 1981. La dimensión ambiental en los estilos de desarrollo de América Latina. Santiago, Chile: Naciones Unidas, Comisión Económica para América Latina, Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente.
This document synthesizes an ECLA-UN seminar on Development Styles and the Environment in Latin America. Individual studies appear in Revista de la CEPAL (Dec. 1980), and in a volume Estilos de desarrollo y medio ambiente en América Latina (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1981). Some will appear as monographs in series "Estudios e Informes de la CEPAL." (HLAS).

Super, John C. 1988. Food, conquest, and colonization in sixteenth-century Spanish America. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Tenreiro, Tomas Perez. 1983. Bolivar y sus decretos conservacionistas. Boletin De La Academia Nacional De La Historia (Venezuela) 66, no. 263: 597-604.

The Caribbean Conservation Association. 1991. Environmental agenda for the 1990's: a Synthesis of the Eastern Caribbean Country Environmental Profile Series: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 1 ed. St. Michael Barbados: The Caribbean Conservation Association.

Tucker, Richard P. 1997. "Environmental History and The Tropical World." Web page, [accessed 24 July 1999]. Available at http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~aseh/syllabi/tucker.htm.
Syllabus, with bibliography.

Tucker, Richard P. 1992. North Americans and Tropical Forestry. Inner Voice 4, no. 3: 4-11.
Brief history of tropical rainforest use and deforestation. Twentieth century. (Note by FHS).

Tudela, F., Ed. 1990. Desarrollo y medio ambiente en América Latina y el Caribe: una visión evolutiva. Madrid: Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Urbanismo.
Abstract: Brief descriptions of natural ecosystems and historical antecedents (e.g., encounter of two worlds, the colonial period), modern metamorphosis of environments since World War II, and the current crisis. Considers urban as well as rural problems. (HLAS)

Turner, B. L. III, and Karl W. Butzer . 1992. The Columbian encounter and land-use change. Environment 34, no. 8: 16-29.
The year 1992 marked both the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the Bahamas, and the Earth Summit. Columbus' landing began the most dramatic changes in land use caused by humans in history. (Note by FHS).

Tzitsikas, Helen. 1977. El Sentimiento Ecologico en la Generacion del 98. Barcelona, Spain: Borras Ediciones.

Uribe, Maruja, and Gladys Soche. 1992. Fuentes de informacion sobre proteccion del medio ambiente y los recursos naturales en America Latina y el Caribe. 1 ed. Bogota, Colombia: El Colegio Verde de Villa de Leyva.

Urteaga, Luis, and Manuel Lucena Girardo. 1991. El bosque ilustrado : estudios sobre la politica forestal espanola en America. Madrid , Spain: Instituto nacional para la conservacion de la naturaleza : Instituto de la ingenieria de Espana.

Vitale, Luis. 1983. Hacia una historia del ambiente en America Latina. Mexico: Nueva Sociedad/Editorial Nueva Imagen.

Voertmann, R., and Joseph Tosi. 1964. Some Environmental Factors in the Economic Development of the Tropics. Economic Geography 40: 189-205.

Watts, David. 1987. The West Indies. Patterns of Development, Culture and Environmental Change since 1492. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

West, Robert Cooper. 1998. Latin American geography: historical-geographical essays, 1941-1998. Baton Rouge, LA: Geoscience Publications.

The Columbian Exchange. 1991. Producers WGBH (Boston), BBC Television (United Kingdom), NHK (Japan), RAI (Italy), RTP (Portugal), NDR (Germany), and TVE and SEQC (Spain). 58 min. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Inc..
This program examines the interchange of horses, cattle, corn, potatoes, and sugar cane between the Old World and the New, and the lasting impact of this interchange on the people of both worlds. (AA).

Wright, Angus Lindsay. 1990. The death of Ramón González: the modern agricultural dilemna. Austin , TX: University of Texas Press.