History Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The article examines how adverse climatic conditions and high food prices influenced the opportunities of peasants in pre-industrial Mexico between 1730 and 1835. Particular attention is paid to data of soldier heights, global climate events, warm-season tree growth, and real food prices to determine how these factors may have affected urban and rural populations. Declines were seen in the general standard of living and average height, while the cost of food increased. It is argued that distribution and acquisition of food has an equal influence on biological well-being as the availability of food at any specific given time.

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Historia Agraria

Volume

47

Start Page No.

17

End Page No.

45

ISSN

1139-1472

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