9780521386517-0521386519-The West Indies (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography)

The West Indies (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography)

ISBN-13: 9780521386517
ISBN-10: 0521386519
Author: Watts, David
Publication date: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 640 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780521386517
ISBN-10: 0521386519
Author: Watts, David
Publication date: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 640 pages

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Acknowledged authors Watts, David wrote The West Indies (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography) comprising 640 pages back in 1990. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0521386519 and 9780521386517. Since then The West Indies (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This magisterial survey of the historical geography of the West Indies is at bottom concerned with the causes and consequences of three complex and inter-related phenomena: the rapid and total removal of a large aboriginal population; the development of plantation agriculture and the arrival of enforced labour, in the form of many thousands of African slaves; and the environmental, ecological and cultural changes that resulted. Dr Watts shows how the initial European vision of a land of plenty has been replaced by an awareness of the geographic and ecological fragiliaty of the area, and explains how the exploitative agricultural systems of the colonial and recent West Indies have not adjusted to the demands of the environment. An enormous array of historical, biological and literary sources are marshalled in support of Dr Watts' analysis, which is likely to remain the standard work on the subject for many years to come.

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