Introductory Seminar in Latin American History


We will explore the relationship between ecology and society in Latin American history – the connections between nature, economic systems, communities and social structures. We will read about ecological practices and thought before the arrival of Europeans, about the environmental impact of sheep and the lack of a waste system in 16th century Mexico, about the effects of silver mining in 17th-century Potosí, about South American guano and British industrialization in the 19th century, about the impact of modern mining on the Amazon in the 20th century, about the melting of glaciers in Peru, in the 21st century. Broadly we will be concerned to reflect on how people in different circumstances have thought about human life in broad ecological context – and how they have so often failed to do so.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


(434) 924-7147
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M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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