Sea and Land: An Environmental History of the Caribbean
Philip J. Morgan, John R. McNeill, Matthew Mulcahy, and Stuart B. Schwartz
Oxford University Press, 2022
Increased attention to issues concerning natural resources, conservation, epidemiology, and climate have now made the environment and ecology of the Caribbean a central historical concern. Sea and Land is an effort to integrate that research in a new general environmental history of the region. Intended for scholars and students alike, it aims to foster both a fuller appreciation of the extent to which environmental factors shaped historical developments in the Caribbean, and the extent to which human actions have transformed the biophysical environment of the region over time.
The combined work of eminent authors of environment and Latin American and Caribbean history, Sea and Land offers a unique approach to a region characterized by Edenic nature and paradisiacal qualities, as well as dangers, diseases, and disasters.
Stuart Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History and Chair, Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies.