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Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City

Candiani, Vera S.

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ISBN 10: 0804788057 / ISBN 13: 9780804788052
Editorial: Stanford University Press, 2014
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Título: Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental ...

Editorial: Stanford University Press

Año de publicación: 2014

Encuadernación: HRD

Condición del libro:New

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"Candiani traces in detail the engineering and construction challenges of this pharaonic project, and the human decisions, rather than the natural conditions or technical constraints, primarily accounting for the history of the Desague. A stellar work in the historiography of early modern science and technology, Mexico, and the micro-physics of Spanish imperial rule." -- Eric Van Young, University of California * San Diego * "A comprehensive study of the Desague de Huehuetoca, [...], has nonetheless long remained a gap in [...] literature. Vera S. Candiani has now filled it with an innovative study . . . Candiani weaves the whole into a narrative alive with individuals who range from friars, viceroys, and engineers to native laborer, foremen, and local officials." -- Andrew Sluyter "Dreaming of Dry Land is obviously the culmination of extensive archival research in Mexico and Spain. Equally important, it is rooted in a deep appreciation and understanding of the Basin of Mexico's hydrologic environment. In this regard, Candiani distinguishes herself as one of the best environmental scholars among historians." -- William E. Doolittle * Journal of Historical Geography * "In this original study, Vera S. Candiani challenges us to take a fresh look at the Desague, the two-century long Spanish endeavor to subdue the lacustrine environment around colonial Mexico City . . . Dreaming of Dry Land is an impressive piece of scholarship that is likely to attract scholarly attention for some time." -- Christopher A. Woolley "By placing class and nature at the center of her analysis, [Candiani] brings to light the complex interactions of social relations, class priorities, and knowledge making embedded in the design and conceptualization of the Desague. Furthermore, by placing human agency at the center of an environmental history of the Desague de Huehuetoca, Candiani's work bring fresh perspective to anyone interested in the relationship between colonialism, environmental governance, landscape transformation, and knowledge production." -- Beth A. Bee * Social & Cultural Geography * "This ambitious and original study traces the history of an important engineering and environmental project in the area surrounding Mexico City during the Spanish colonial period. The author 'decolonizes' historical (mis)understandings of the Desague and, in the process, pushes back against narratives of progress and advancement that tend to come with looking at scientific change over time. The work succeeds admirably." -- Jordana Dym * Skidmore College *

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