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Imperfect balance : landscape transformations in the Precolumbian Americas

Author: David L Lentz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2000
Series: Historical ecology series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work offers an alternative view of the "New World" before the arrival of the Europeans. Drawing on knowledge from the fields of palaeo-climatology, historical ecology, and botany, this book  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David L Lentz
ISBN: 0231111568 9780231111560 0231111576 9780231111577
OCLC Number: 472946626
Description: xx, 547 p. : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: List of Tables and Figures List of Contributors Foreword, by William Denevan 1. Introduction: Definitions and Conceptual Underpinnings, by David L. Lentz 2. Climate Changes in the Northern American Tropics and Subtropics since the Last Ice Age: Implications for Environment and Culture, by David A. Hodell, Mark Brenner, and Jason H. Curtis 3. Vegetation in the Floristic Regions of North and Central America, by Andrew M. Greller 4. Anthropocentric Food Webs in the Precolumbian Americas, by David L. Lentz 5. Prehispanic Agricultural Systems in the Basin of Mexico, by Emily McClung de Tapia 6. Prehispanic Water Management and Agricultural Intensification in Mexico and Venezuela: Implications for Contemporary Ecological Planning, by Charles S. Spencer 7. Stability and Instability in Prehispanic May a Landscapes, by Nicholas Dunning and Timothy Beach 8. Precolumbian Silviculture and Indigenous Management of Neotropical Forests, by Charles Peters 9. Native Farming Systems and Ecosystems in the Mississippi River Valley, by Gayle J. Fritz 10. Hohokam Impacts on Sonoran Desert Environment, by Suzanne Fish 11. Vegetation of the Tropical Andes, by James Luteyn and Steven Churchill 12. The Lake Titicaca Basin: A Precolumbian Built Landscape, by Clark L. Erickson 13. Andean Land Use at the Cusp of History, by Terence N. D'Altroy 14. Lowland Vegetation of Tropical South America -- An Overview, by Douglas Daly and John Mitchell 15. The Lower Amazon: A Dynamic Human Habitat, by Anna C. Roosevelt Summary and Conclusions Index
Series Title: Historical ecology series
Responsibility: David L. Lentz, editor

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The combination of articles and examples in [this] book is able to draw a picture of pre-Columbians as integral and influential parts and components of the landscape. The volume brings together Read more...

 
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