Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
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)
University of Bari, Italy.
(English)In: Environment and History, ISSN 0967-3407, E-ISSN 1752-7023Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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 researching the relationship between forests and modernization from Unification in 1861 to the 1890's. 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. Those 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 organization of society.

Forests were constructed as socio-ecological spaces reflecting Italy's contested and heterogeneous modernization process upon which political tensions, social conflicts, and economic development theories were inscribed on transformed landscapes.

National Category
Research subject
History of Science, Technology and Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192226OAI: diva2:963137

QC 20160908

Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Armiero, Marco
By organisation
History of Science, Technology and Environment
In the same journal
Environment and History

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 2 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link