History Professors Publish New Books

January 26, 2010

By Stephanie Sawyer, Staff 

Please join the history department in congratulating Professors Catlos, Cioc, and O'Hara on the recent publications of their new books.

Catlos Economics

Professor Brian Catlos - Worlds of History and Economics. Essays in Honour of Andrew M. Watson

Brian Catlos has gathered thirteen essays by former students, collaborators and friends of his dissertation supervisor, Andrew M. Watson (Economics, University of Toronto). Topic addressed in this diverse volume include Visigothic coinage, urban formation in Islamic Spain, environmental repercussions of the Christian "Reconquest," medieval shipping, British colonialism, 19th-century Egyptian fiscal policy, Shaker furniture production and historic economic imbalances in modern Canada.

Cioc Conservation

Professor Mark Cioc - The Game of Conservation: International Treaties to Protect the World's Migratory Species

Twentieth-century nature conservation treaties often originated as attempts to regulate the pace of killing rather than as attempts to protect animal habitat. Some were prompted by major breakthroughs in firearm techniques, such as the invention of the elephant gun and grenade harpoons, but agricultural development was at least as important as hunting regulations in determining the fate of migratory species. The treaties had many defects, yet they also served the goal of conservation to good effect, often saving key species from complete extermination and sometimes keeping the population numbers at viable levels. It is because of these treaties that Africa is dotted with large national parks, that North America has an extensive network of bird refuges, and that there are any whales left in the oceans. All of these treaties are still in effect today, and all continue to influence nature-protection efforts around the globe.

Drawing on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, Mark Cioc shows that a handful of treaties—all designed to protect the world’s most commercially important migratory species—have largely shaped the contours of global nature conservation over the past century. The scope of the book ranges from the African savannas and the skies of North America to the frigid waters of the Antarctic.

O'Hara Flock

Professor Matt O'Hara - A Flock Divided: Race, Religion, and Politics in Mexico, 1749-1857

Catholicism, as it developed in colonial Mexico, helped to create a broad and remarkably inclusive community of Christian subjects, while it also divided that community into countless smaller flocks. Taking this contradiction as a starting point, Matthew D. OHara describes how religious thought and practice shaped Mexico's popular politics. As he shows, religion facilitated the emergence of new social categories and modes of belonging in which individuals initially subjects of the Spanish crown, but later citizens and other residents of republican Mexico found both significant opportunities for improving their place in society and major constraints on their ways of thinking and behaving.