A Land Between Waters
Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico
A Land Between Waters explores the relationship between the people and the environment in Mexico. It heralds the arrival of environmental history as a major area of study within the field of Mexican history. This volume brings together a dozen original works of environmental history by some of the foremost experts in Mexican environmental history from both the United States and Mexico.
The contributions collected in this seminal volume explore a wide array of topics, from the era of independence to the present day. Together they examine how humans have used, abused, and attended to nature in Mexico over more than two hundred years. Written in clear, accessible prose, A Land Between Waters showcases the breadth of Mexican environmental history in a way that defines the key topics in the field and suggests avenues for subsequent work. Most importantly, it assesses the impacts of environmental changes that Mexico has faced in the past with an eye to informing national debates about the challenges that the nation will face in the future.
“A Land Between Waters is most compelling in its explicit attempt to cross divides. . . . It offers a model for working across barriers of region, language, methodology, and conceptual focus rather than within them.”—Historical Geography
“A landmark study . . . [that] will set a standard for studies in Mexican environmental history and serve as a point of departure for further studies.”—Evan Ward, author of Border Oasis: Water and the Political Ecology of the Colorado River Delta, 1940-1975