Environmental History of Latin America

Marc Hufty

HI097 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Environmental history is the study of the mutual relations between humankind and the rest of nature (McNeill, 2003). Latin America has been blessed with an incredibly generous nature, which human populations have improved or worsened according to circumstances, production and consumption patterns, technologies, values and visions. This class focuses on the ways Latin American societies have delt with their environment over time, from the ancient civilizations to the present, the institutions they have developed to resolve – or not – the tensions between economic development and the limits of nature. At the end of the class, participants will have a good overview of how different societies managed their resources (land, water, minerals, forests, fossil fuels), with successes and failures, through selected case studies, studies of texts, movies and discussions.