New updated edition
The editors would like to thank SCAC-Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and California State University at Long Beach for their generous support of this long-term research project. And a shout-out to the many colleagues whose thoughtful input represents their dedication to an earth-context for our local stories.
This webpage began as a summer project at Stanford University in 1999, under the guidance of late Prof. John Wirth and Prof. José Augusto Drummond. Although that original version is still online, the field has outgrown the usefulness of that format. New articles, new books, new movies have enriched the discipline, requiring a more user-friendly interface.
We hope the new format helps you to build your syllabi, write your research project and advise your students. We also hope that the new sections (newsletter and work in progress) will encourage you to share your research agenda and make this website a virtual meeting point for anyone interested in Environmental History of Latin America. Send us an email and we will be glad to add your suggestions, comments and proposals to the website.
After several requests for a more searchable database, the editors changed format. Refworks allows everyone to import their own Endnote and Procite citations. We have kept many of the original categories used to sort and organize the material. We conserved bioregions but added the more artificial national cateogries too, since much reseach is local and continues to be labled by country. Please email your suggestions to editor Lise Sedrez .
Refworks has a search engine that allows search by keyword. If you type "Brazil" in the Search box, all references with the word "Brazil" in the title, place of publication or descriptor will show. This is very useful when you are searching for references for one particular location or geographic region. Most of the references are also indexed by what we called bioregion: Andes, Amazon, Southern Cone, Caribbean, etc. For an idea of the different descriptor, click on the upper left menu "Search" and then click on "Lookup by Descriptor."
Acronyms & Influences
Thanks to contributions from several colleagues, the Online Bibliography on Environmental History of Latin America has now almost one thousand references, among articles, books, videos and WebPages in English, Spanish and Portuguese. These references were gathered from the Forest History Society's online bibliography (an absolutely incredible source), suggestions from H-ASEH and H-LATAM subscribers, co-editors John Wirth (in memorian) and José Augusto Drummond, and bibliographic research in academic journals such as the American Historical Review and Environmental History Review, besides a number of databases.
Most references have been double-checked with at least two sources to make sure they were accurate and pertinent, though we have adopted a rather broad definition for environmental history. We have included some (not many!) classic works by Crosby, Sauer, Buarque de Holanda, Ciro Cardoso. However we have focused rather on recent works (last 15 years), that would not be easily found in traditional bibliographies. We have included short reviews for books and movies, whenever they were available. In some cases, there is a link to the H-Net electronic reviews. If not stated otherwise, the comments were credited as followed: