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By Axel Borsdorf, Christoph Stadel, Brigitte Scott

The Andes are attracting worldwide curiosity back: they carry important mineral assets, travelers take pleasure in their nice traditional attractiveness and the range of indigenous cultures, climbers scale rock and ice faces, whereas many others are intrigued through neighborhood political advancements, akin to the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela or the just about unfettered hegemony of the neoliberal monetary version in Chile.

This quantity is the 1st try out for many years to give a whole evaluate of the longest mountain chain on this planet – a area of exceptional climatic, floristic and geologic range, the place complex civilization built good ahead of the arriving of the Spanish. this day the Andes remain characterised through their ethnic, demographic, cultural and fiscal range, in addition to by means of the disparity of neighborhood socioeconomic teams. The Andean international locations pursue quite a lot of methods to take on the demanding situations of creating the easiest use in their typical and cultural strength with no destructive their ecological foundation, in addition to to beat monetary disparity and foster social team spirit. This publication presents insights into this precise area and its so much urgent concerns, complemented by way of a wealth of images and accomplished diagrams, which, in sum, support to raised comprehend those attention-grabbing mountains.

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In Tübingen (Gerd Kohlhepp, Axel Borsdorf), Aachen (Felix Monheim, Wolfgang Schoop, Gerrit Köster), Stuttgart (Christoph Borcherdt, Klaus Kulinat), Hamburg (Jürgen Ossenbrügge, Beate Ratter, Christof Parnreiter, Martina Neuburger), Freiburg (Wolf-Dieter Sick), Düsseldorf (Ekkehard Jordan) and Erlangen (Perdita Pohle), foci of Latin-American studies evolved, although not necessarily on the Andes. In Switzerland, the University of Berne acquired a great international reputation with its research focus on Latin America, comparative mountain studies and development research.

Although geographical institutes and societies exist in all Andean countries, and geography is taught in most universities, the international research status of South-American geography, possibly with the exception of Chile and Colombia, lags behind that of other sciences, such as ecology, anthropology and history. Below, a selection of prominent Latin-American geographers is given, although the authors are aware that this is a subjective and incomplete list. Pedro Cunill Grau (*1935) must be considered one of the best reputed and internationally well-known Andean geographers.

In contemporary Latin-American and Andean research, North-American and British geographers are making major contributions. Once again, only a brief overview shall be given in this book. William E. Denevan has produced an impressive dossier on traditional cultural landscapes and indigenous forms and techniques of agricultural resource management (1971, 1985, 1986, 2001). He also received a great deal of national and international attention by shattering the myth of pristine landscapes of the Americas prior to the arrival of the Spanish (1992).

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