Dreaming of Dry Land. Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City

Por favor concédanme este aviso sobre la publicación de mi nuevo libro, Dreaming of Dry Land. Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City, que creo ser de interés a la comunidad de Ceromaya. Allí explico el proceso e implicancias socioambientales del desagüe de los lagos del Valle de México, con atención a la tecnología de cada una de sus épocas. Por ahora, el libro está disponible solamente en inglés, editado por Stanford University Press: http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=22162 (o bien, http://amzn.com/0804788057).

He aquí una descripción más completa:

"Not long after the conquest, the City of Mexico's rise to become the crown jewel in the Spanish empire was compromised by the lakes that surrounded it. Their increasing propensity to overflow destroyed wealth and alarmed urban elites, who responded with what would become the most transformative and protracted drainage project in the early modern Americas—the Desagüe de Huehuetoca. Hundreds of technicians, thousands of indigenous workers, and millions of pesos were marshaled to realize a complex system of canals, tunnels, dams, floodgates, and reservoirs.
Dreaming of Dry Land weaves a narrative that describes what colonization was and looked like on the ground, and how it affected land, water, biota, humans, and the relationship among them, to explain the origins of our built and unbuilt landscapes. Connecting multiple historiographical traditions—history of science and technology, environmental history, social history, and Atlantic history—Candiani proposes that colonization was a class, not an ethnic or nation-based phenomenon, occurring simultaneously on both sides of an Atlantic, where state-building and empire-building were intertwined."

Las imágenes del libro pueden examinarse a color en: http://scholar.princeton.edu/candiani/

Saludos cordiales,
Vera S. Candiani
Department of History, Princeton University