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A Plague of Sheep

A Plague of Sheep
Environmental Consequences of the Conquest of Mexico

Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: October 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574488

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  • This is a book about the biological conquest of the New World. Taking as a case study the sixteenth-century history of a region of highland central Mexico, it shows how the environmental and social changes brought about by the introduction of Old World species aided European expansion. The book spells out in detail the environmental changes associated with the introduction of Old World grazing animals into New World ecosystems, demonstrates how these changes enabled the Spanish takeover of land, and explains how environmental changes shaped the colonial societies.

    • This is the second Latin American title in the Studies in Environment and History series. The previous book (Dean: Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber) sold well
    • Takes a different perspective to other books on Latin American Environmental History
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    • Date Published: October 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574488
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Alien landscapes
    3. The Australian experience
    4. The Mexican case
    5. The conquest process
    6. The colonial regime
    Appendix 1. Sub-areas
    Appendix 2. Sources for population estimates
    Appendix 3. Sources for land holding and land use
    Abbreviations
    Glossary
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Elinor G. K. Melville, York University, Toronto

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