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“From Threatening to Threatened Jungles” by Claudia Leal
Chapter 5 of A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America
Edited by John Soluri, Claudia Leal, and José Augusto Pádua

About the author:
Claudia Leal
holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley and is associate professor in the department of history at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She has been a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and visiting professor at Stanford University and the Universidad Católica de Chile. She is the author of Landscapes of Freedom: The Building of a Postemancipation Society in Western Colombia, and coeditor (with Carl Langebaek) of Historias de Raza y Nación en América Latina and The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation (with Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Matthew Kelly, and Emily Wakild).

About the book:
A LIVING PAST
Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America
Edited by John Soluri, Claudia Leal, and José Augusto Pádua
Vol. 13, Environment in History: International Perspectives

Though still a relatively young field, the study of Latin American environmental history is blossoming, as the contributions to this definitive volume demonstrate. Bringing together thirteen leading experts on the region, A Living Past synthesizes a wide range of scholarship to offer new perspectives on environmental change in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean since the nineteenth century. Each chapter provides insightful, up-to-date syntheses of current scholarship on critical countries and ecosystems (including Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, the tropical Andes, and tropical forests) and such cross-cutting themes as agriculture, conservation, mining, ranching, science, and urbanization. Together, these studies provide valuable historical contexts for making sense of contemporary environmental challenges facing the region.

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