Latin American historians have devoted considerable attention to the study of the region’s coffee industries, although few of them have dwelt on coffee’s rich environmental history. Stefania Gallini’s new Historia ambiental del café en Guatemala focuses particularly on coffee’s environmental history. Like other classic coffee histories, such as Stanley Stein’s Vassouras, Gallini has written a fine-grained analysis of one coffee region, with an eye to larger trends in the coffee industry. Her study focuses in particular on the Costa Cuca in southwestern Guatemala, which by the end of the nineteenth century was one of the most dynamic coffee regions in the country. Gallini deftly situates her study in the context of the best recent Anglo-American, European, and Latin American writing on environmental history.

Gallini has chosen an innovative way of writing this environmental history of coffee. She devotes seven of the book’s...

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