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Mercury, Mining, and Empire

The Human and Ecological Cost of Colonial Silver Mining in the Andes
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ISBN-13:
9780253005380
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
320
Autor:
Nicholas A. Robins
Serie:
Indiana University Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Amalgamating an Empire2. Toxic Travails: Mining in Huancavelica3. Blood Silver4. Connecting the Drops: The Wider Human and Environmental Costs5. From Corrosion to Collapse: The Destruction of Native CommunitiesConclusionGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex
On the basis of an examination of the colonial mercury and silver production processes and related labor systems, Mercury, Mining, and Empire explores the effects of mercury pollution in colonial Huancavelica, Peru, and Potosí, in present-day Bolivia. The book presents a multifaceted and interwoven tale of what colonial exploitation of indigenous peoples and resources left in its wake. It is a socio-ecological history that explores the toxic interrelationships between mercury and silver production, urban environments, and the people who lived and worked in them. Nicholas A. Robins tells the story of how native peoples in the region were conscripted into the noxious ranks of foot soldiers of proto-globalism, and how their fate, and that of their communities, was-and still is-chained to it.