La Frontera: Land, Labor, and Ecological Change in Chile, 1873-1993


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars




For residence at the National Humanities Center during academic year 2005-2006


This project traces the history of Chile’s southern rain forests over the course of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The first environmental history of Chile and the first history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, this study brings together the long-ignored relation between nature, culture, and society in the history of modern Chile. It links changes in rural land, labor, ethnic, and gender relations to changes in Chile’s native rain forests by combining the methodologies of social history with environmental history’s interest in ecological change.