Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia From Colony to Republic by Cynthia Radding (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionLandscapes of Power and Identity is a groundbreaking comparative history of two colonies on the frontiers of the Spanish empire-the Sora region of rthwestern Mexico and the Chiquitos region of eastern Bolivia's lowlands-from the late colonial period through the middle of the nineteenth century. An invative 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, Sora 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 indigeus communities encountered European goverrs, 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 ethgraphies. 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 tions of territory and property; how religion formed the cultural practices and historical memories of the Soran and Chiquita peoples; and how the conflict between the indigeus communities and the surrounding creole societies developed in new directions well into the nineteenth century.
- Author BiographyCynthia Radding is Professor of History and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850, also published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Cynthia Radding
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication18/01/2006
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note28 b&w photos
- Weight653 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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