384 pp., 6 x 9, 35 illus., 11 tables, 6 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5858-5
Published: March 2008
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8886-5
Published: November 2009
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Awards & distinctions
2009 Elinor Melville Prize for Latin American Environmental History, Conference on Latin American History
The original Spanish-language edition of the book, published in Mexico in 2004, was awarded the UNESCO Book Prize for Caribbean Thought, Environmental Category. For this first English edition, the author has revised the text throughout and provided new material, including a glossary and a conclusion that summarizes important developments up to the present.
About the Author
Reinaldo Funes Monzote is associate professor of history at the University of Havana. Alex Martin is an independent translator living in Maryland.
For more information about Reinaldo Funes Monzote, visit the Author Page.
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