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Seeing the nation for the trees: at the frontier of the Italian nineteenth century modernity
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (Environmental Humanities Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6063-9477
University of Bari, Italy.
2018 (English)In: Environment and History, ISSN 0967-3407, E-ISSN 1752-7023, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 497-508Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we analyse the emergence and the transformation of three different socio-natural spaces in a particular historical context – that is, the establishment of a modern state. We explore this issue by researching the relationship between forests and modernisation from Unification in 1861 to the 1890s. Over this period Italy experienced a radical change connected with the state-building process, and forests represented a material place where innovations in social and economic development were tested. Based on three case studies, this article explores how modernity was articulated through urban parks, ironworks, and infrastructures. The three cases speak of both depletion and conservation; they exemplify the patterns through which, in the very making of modernity, Italian society articulated its relationship to nature in an attempt to overcome customary rights and the traditional rural organisation of society. Forests were constructed as socio-ecological spaces reflecting Italy’s contested and heterogeneous modernisation process through which political tensions, social conflicts and economic development theories were inscribed on transformed landscapes.

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White Horse Press, 2018. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 497-508
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192226DOI: 10.3197/096734018X15137949592025ISI: 000445042500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053892888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-192226DiVA, id: diva2:963137
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Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2018-10-09Bibliographically approved

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