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Landscapes of Power and Identity - Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia From Colony to Republic (Paperback) Loot Price: R504 Discovery Miles 5 040

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Landscapes of Power and Identity - Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia From Colony to Republic (Paperback)

Cynthia Radding

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"Landscapes of Power and Identity" is a groundbreaking comparative history of two colonies on the frontiers of the Spanish empire--the Sonora region of northwestern Mexico and the Chiquitos region of eastern Bolivia's lowlands--from the late colonial period through the middle of the nineteenth century. An innovative combination of environmental and cultural history, this book reflects Cynthia Radding's more than two decades of research on Mexico and Bolivia and her consideration of the relationships between human societies and the geographic landscapes they inhabit and create. At first glance, Sonora and Chiquitos are quite different: one a scrub-covered desert, the other a tropical rainforest of the greater Amazonian and Paraguayan river basins. Yet the regions are similar in many ways. Both were located far from the centers of colonial authority, organized into Jesuit missions and linked to the principal mining centers of New Spain and the Andes, and then absorbed into nation-states in the nineteenth century. In each area, the indigenous communities encountered European governors, missionaries, slave hunters, merchants, miners, and ranchers.

Radding's comparative approach illuminates what happened when similar institutions of imperial governance, commerce, and religion were planted in different physical and cultural environments. She draws on archival documents, published reports by missionaries and travelers, and previous histories as well as ecological studies and ethnographies. She also considers cultural artifacts, including archaeological remains, architecture, liturgical music, and religious dances. Radding demonstrates how colonial encounters were conditioned by both the local landscape and cultural expectations; how the colonizers and colonized understood notions of territory and property; how religion formed the cultural practices and historical memories of the Sonoran and Chiquitano peoples; and how the conflict between the indigenous communities and the surrounding creole societies developed in new directions well into the nineteenth century.

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Imprint: Duke University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2006
First published: 2006
Authors: Cynthia Radding
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 456
ISBN-13: 978-0-8223-3689-1
Barcode: 9780822336891
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies
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LSN: 0-8223-3689-8

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