F&ES 637b/HIST 818 / 2019-2020

Commodity Production and Environmental History in Latin America and the Caribbean

Credits: 3

Spring 2020: Tu, 3:30-5:20, TBA

This course presents readings across the past five centuries that examine the human impact on the environment of the region from a historical, geographical, and ecological perspective. Topics include the transformation of landscapes by plantation agriculture; the introduction of exogenous plant and animal species; and the impact of extractive industries, natural disasters, climate change, conservation, and tourism. Open to undergraduates with permission of the instructor.