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Denevan, William M.

Works: 80 works in 246 publications in 4 languages and 6,435 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: E59.P75, 301.32
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Most widely held works about William M Denevan
Most widely held works by William M Denevan
The Native population of the Americas in 1492 by William M Denevan( Book )

31 editions published between 1976 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV> William M. Denevan writes that, "The discovery of America was followed by possibly the greatest demographic disaster in the history of the world." Research by some scholars provides population estimates of the pre-contact Americas to be as high as 112 million in 1492, while others estimate the population to have been as low as eight million. In any case, the native population declined to less than six million by 1650. In this collection of essays, historians, anthropologists, and geographers discuss the discrepancies in the population estimates and the evidence for the post-European decline. Woodrow Borah, Angel Rosenblat, William T. Sanders, and others touch on such topics as the Indian slave trade, diseases, military action, and the disruption of the social systems of the native peoples. Offering varying points of view, the contributors critically analyze major hemispheric and regional data and estimates for pre- and post-European contact. This revised edition features a new introduction by Denevan reviewing recent literature and providing a new hemispheric estimate of 54 million, a foreword by W. George Lovell of Queen's University, and a comprehensive updating of the already extensive bibliography. Research in this subject is accelerating, with contributions from many disciplines. The discussions and essays presented here can serve both as an overview of past estimates, conflicts, and methods and as indicators of new approaches and perspectives to this timely subject. </DIV>
Cultivated landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes : triumph over the soil by William M Denevan( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines Indian agriculture in South America. The focus is on field types and field technologies, including agricultural landforms such as terraces, canals, and drained fields, which have persisted for hundreds of years. The evidence utilized comes from abandoned fields, historical documents, and current practices. What emerges is a picture of mostly successful indigenous farming practices in rain forests, savannas, swamps, rugged mountains, and deserts. And while this knowledge may not always be directly applicable to development today, it does provide us with some unique techniques and some basic principles for farming difficult environments."--Jacket
The aboriginal cultural geography of the Llanos de Mojos of Bolivia by William M Denevan( Book )

29 editions published between 1966 and 1980 in English and Spanish and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Llanos de Mojos is a seasonally flooded savanna occupying about 90,000 square miles between the Beni and Guapore Rivers in northwestern Bolivia. Mojos chiefdoms had achieved a remarkably sophisticated society and technology in a hostile environment characterized by alternating seasonal flooding and drought and generally poor soils. The main purpose of this study is to examine the means by which these peoples dealt with these problems and modified the landscape to accommodate relatively large populations. Today, the economy is cattle ranching; shifting cultivation is practiced in the gallery forests and scattered forest islas, but the savannas are not cultivated. Prior to Spanish conquest, however, the savanna tribes of Mojos adapted to flooding by constructing various types of earthworks to provide dry ground for habitation, communication, and cultivation. These earthworks, still visible in the present landscape, include several hundred artificial mounds, at least 1,000 miles of causeways and canals, and at least 40,000 linear drained fields. Most significant are the drained fields, the only major example of savanna cultiviation in South America. This study gives considerable background on the physical geography of Mojos, the historical geography of Mojos under European control, and, cultural adaptations to poor drainage elsewhere in tropical America. Conclusions are presented about the Mojos chiefdoms and their achievements in terms of origins, decline, lasting impact on the landscape and cultural ecology, with some final remarks on habitat, subsistence, culture, and population in tropical savanna lands. (Author)
Hispanic lands and peoples : selected writings of James J. Parsons by James Jerome Parsons( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Sauer on culture and landscape : readings and commentaries by Carl Ortwin Sauer( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swidden-fallow agroforestry in the Peruvian Amazon( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The upland pine forests of Nicaragua; a study in cultural plant geography by William M Denevan( Book )

16 editions published between 1958 and 1961 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pre-Hispanic agricultural fields in the Andean Region : proceedings, 45 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, International Congress of Americanists, Bogotá, Colombia, 1985 by Congrès international des américanistes( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and Multiple languages and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of geographical research in Latin America : proceedings of the First International Congress of Latin Americanist Geographers, Paipa, Colombia, August 8-12, 1977 by William M Denevan( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The biogeography of a savanna landscape : the Gran Pajonal of Eastern Peru, a reconnaissance survey by M. S Chrostowski( Book )

6 editions published in 1970 in English and French and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bibliography of Latin American historical geography by William M Denevan( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Funcion de la investigacion geografica en la America Latina, parte II : memoria del primer Congreso Internacional de Geografos Latinoamericanistas, Paipa, Colombia, Agosto 8-12, 1977 by Congresso Internacional de Geografos LatinoAmericanistas( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in Spanish and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aboriginal settlement of the Llanos de Mojos; a seasonally inundated savanna in northeastern Bolivia by William M Denevan( Book )

9 editions published between 1963 and 1984 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campos elevados e historia cultural prehispánica en los llanos occidentales de Venezuela by Alberta Zucchi( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in Spanish and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agroforestería tradicional en la Amazonía peruana( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To pass on a good earth : the life and work of Carl O. Sauer by Michael Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Missouri-born son of German immigrants contributed to many fields, with a versatility rare in his time and virtually unknown today. Sauer explored plant and animal domestication, the entry of Native Americans into the continent, their transformation of the land into prairies and cultivated fields, and subsequent European enterprise that fueled prosperity but also triggered environmental degradation and the loss of cultural diversity. Providing profound and invaluable insights into the human occupance, cultivation--and often ruination--of the earth, Sauer revolutionized our understanding of the impact of European conquest of the New World."--Book jacket
The cultural ecology, archaeology, and history of terracing and terrace abandonement in the Colca Valley of southern Peru( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptive strategies in Karinya subsistence, Venezuelan llanos by William M Denevan( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las chacras de Coporaque : andenería y riego en el valle del Colca by John M Treacy( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Superb field-based study concludes that stone-faced terraces in the Colca Valley (Arequipa dept.) are of pre-Inca origin. Need for water management, not soil conservation, explains their construction. Terrace abandonment during the historic period was driven more by social-historical factors than by environmental change"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57
Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape : Readings and Commentaries by William M Denevan( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps one of the most distinctive and studied geographers of the twentieth century, Carl O. Sauer (18891975) had influence that extends well beyond the confines of any one discipline. With a focus on historical and cultural geography, Sauer's essays have garnered praise from poets, natural historians, and social scientists alike who continue to explore Sauer's work. In Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape, editors William M. Denevan and Kent Mathewson have compiled thirty-seven of Sauer's original works, including rare early writings, articles in now largely inaccessible publications, and tr
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The Native population of the Americas in 1492
Alternative Names
Denevan, W. M.

Denevan, W. M. (William M.)

Denevan, William Maxfield‏

Denevan, William Maxfield 1931-

William Denevan American geographer

William Denevan Amerikaans geograaf

Cultivated landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes : triumph over the soilCarl Sauer on culture and landscape : readings and commentaries