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La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile's Frontier Territory (Radical Perspectives)


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In La Frontera, Thomas Miller Klubock offers a pioneering social and environmental history of southern Chile, exploring the origins of todayandrsquo;s forestry andquot;miracleandquot; in Chile. Although Chileand#39;s forestry boom is often attributed to the free-market policies of the Pinochet dictatorship, La Frontera shows that forestry development began in the early twentieth century when Chilean governments turned to forestry science and plantations of the North American Monterey pine to establish their governance of the frontierand#39;s natural and social worlds. Klubock demonstrates that modern conservationist policies and scientific forestry drove the enclosure of frontier commons occupied by indigenous and non-indigenous peasants who were defined as a threat to both native forests and tree plantations. La Frontera narrates the century-long struggles among peasants, Mapuche indigenous communities, large landowners, and the state over access to forest commons in the frontier territory. It traces the shifting social meanings of environmentalism by showing how, during the 1990s, rural laborers and Mapuches, once vilified by conservationists and foresters, drew on the language of modern environmentalism to critique the social dislocations produced by Chileand#39;s much vaunted neoliberal economic model, linking a more just social order to the biodiversity of native forests.


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Thomas Miller Klubock is Associate Professor of History, SUNY Stony Brook.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Maps x

Introduction 1

1. Landed Property and State Sovereignty on the Frontier 29

2. Natural Disorder: Ecological Crisis, the State, and the Origins of Modern Forestry 58

3. Forest Commons and Peasant Protest on the Frontier, 1920s and 1930s 90

4. Changing Landscapes: Tree Plantations, Forestry, and State-Directed Development after 1930 118

5. Peasants, Forests, and the Politics of Social Reform on the Frontier, 1930s-1950s 145

6. Agrarian Reform and State-Directed Forestry Development, 1950s and 1960s 176

7. Agrarian Reform Arrives in the Forests 208

8. Dictatorship and Free-Market Forestry 239

9. Democracy, Environmentalism, and the Mapuche Challenge to Forestry Development 268

Conclusion 298

Notes 309

Bibliography 361

Index 373

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Klubock, Thomas Miller
Duke University Press
South America
World History-South America
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Radical Perspectives
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