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This work examines the valley of the Urubamba River in terms of vertical zonation, Incan impact on the environment, plant use, the... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

This work examines the valley of the Urubamba River in terms of vertical zonation, Incan impact on the environment, plant use, the history of exploration and the notion of discovery, the idea of land reform, and cultural contact with the European world. Winding its path northward from the Andean Highlands to the Amazon, the valley has served as the stage of pre-Columbian civilizations and focal point of Spanish conquest in Peru.

For more than 50 years and on four continents, Daniel W. Gade (b. 1936) has carried out research in cultural-historical geography. Regionally, his investigations have focused especially on the Central Andes on which he published two previous books and 50 peer-reviewed articles. In all of his studies, in South America and elsewhere, the author has integrated space, time, culture and ecology in order to elucidate the multiple dimensions of place. Taken together, his scholarly work manifests a keen intellectual curiosity, phenomenological imagination, polymathic exploration and self-reflexivity. Over the decades support for his fieldwork has come from the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, the Comité Conjunto España-Estados Unidos, the Social Science Research Council, several research Fulbright awards and the University of Vermont. Professor Emeritus Daniel Gade, taught geography at the University of Vermont for 33 years. At various times during that period he was also a research fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University and received residential grants from the John Carter Brown Library in Providence and the Camargo Foundation in France.



Autorentext

For more than 50 years and on four continents, Daniel W. Gade (b. 1936) has carried out research in cultural-historical geography. Regionally, his investigations have focused especially on the Central Andes on which he published two previous books and 50 peer-reviewed articles. In all of his studies, in South America and elsewhere, the author has integrated space, time, culture and ecology in order to elucidate the multiple dimensions of place. Taken together, his scholarly work manifests a keen intellectual curiosity, phenomenological imagination, polymathic exploration and self-reflexivity. Over the decades support for his fieldwork has come from the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, the Comité Conjunto España-Estados Unidos, the Social Science Research Council, several research Fulbright awards and the University of Vermont. Professor Emeritus Daniel Gade, taught geography at the University of Vermont for 33 years. At various times during that period he was also a research fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University and received residential grants from the John Carter Brown Library in Providence and the Camargo Foundation in France.



Klappentext

This new book focuses on the Urubamba Valley of Peru, which spans 4000 meters of altitude mostly in the Department of Cusco. More than one million visitors a year come to the Urubamba, especially to experience Machu Picchu, which overlooks the valley floor. The book, based on over 50 years of research and field work, represents an impressive accumulation of regional knowledge and testifies to how a long scholarly commitment can lead to a deep understanding of place, that probes the present and past, human and non-human, common and uncommon.



Inhalt

Preface.- The Urubamba Valley in Panoptic Perspective.- Urubamba Travelers as Generators of Knowledge.- Urubamba Verticality: Reflections on Crops and Diseases.- The Sacred Valley as a Zone of Productivity, Privilege and Power.- Vilca in Andean Culture History: Psychotropic Associations in Urubamba and Beyond.- Mysterious Ucumari: The Andean Bear in Nature and Culture.- Urubamba Ramble: Hiram Bingham's Artful Encounter with Machu Picchu.- Vilcabamba: Fabled Redoubt of the Urubamba Region.- Highland and Lowland Peoples in Contact in the Tropical Urubamba.- Conclusion: The Spell is Cast.- Notes.- Glossary.- Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Spell of the Urubamba
Untertitel: Anthropogeographical Essays on an Andean Valley in Space and Time
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EAN: 9783319208497
ISBN: 978-3-319-20849-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Springer
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 354
Veröffentlichung: 05.10.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 17.6 MB
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