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Nature and History in Modern Italy
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Is Italy il bel paese—the beautiful country—where tourists spend their vacations looking for art, history, and scenery? Or is it a land whose beauty has been cursed by humanity’s greed and nature’s cruelty? The answer is largely a matter of narrative and the narrator’s vision of Italy. The fifteen essays in Nature and History in Modern Italy investigate that nation’s long experience in managing domesticated rather than wild natures and offer insight into these conflicting visions. Italians shaped their land in the most literal sense, producing the landscape, sculpting its heritage, embedding memory in nature, and rendering the two different visions inseparable. The interplay of Italy’s rich human history and its dramatic natural diversity is a subject with broad appeal to a wide range of readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title/Cover Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Il Bel Paese: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Foundations
  2. p. 13
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  1. Chapter 1: The Distinctive Character of Italian Environmental History
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. Chapter 2: Upside-Down Landscapes: Seismicity and Seismic Disasters in Italy
  2. pp. 33-55
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  1. Chapter 3: Moving Ground: Vesuvius and the Nola Mudslides of the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 56-69
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  1. Chapter 4: Environmental Imperialism in Sardinia: Pesticides and Politics in the Struggle against Malaria
  2. pp. 70-86
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  1. Commons and Forests
  2. p. 87
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  1. Chapter 5: The Decline of the Commons and the Environmental Balance in Early Modern Italy
  2. pp. 89-107
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  1. Chapter 6: Forest Visions in Early Modern Italy
  2. pp. 108-125
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  1. Chapter 7: Environmental Heritage of a Past Cultural Landscape: Alder Woods in the Upper Aveto Valley of the Northwestern Apennines
  2. pp. 126-140
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  1. Chapter 8: Act Locally, Think Nationally: A Brief History of Access Rights and Environmental Conflicts in Fascist Italy
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. Pollution, Industry, and Urban Environment
  2. p. 159
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  1. Chapter 9: Dealing with Industrial Pollution in Italy, 1880–1940
  2. pp. 161-179
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  1. Chapter 10: Petrochemical Modernity in Sicily
  2. pp. 180-194
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  1. Chapter 11: The Seveso Disaster Legacy
  2. pp. 195-211
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  1. Landscape, Culture, and Environmentalism
  2. p. 213
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  1. Chapter 12: A “Natural” Capitalism: Water and the Making of the Italian Industrial Landscape
  2. pp. 215-230
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  1. Chapter 13: Nationalizing the Mountains: Natural and Political Landscapes in World War I
  2. pp. 231-250
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  1. Chapter 14: Nature Preservation and Protection in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italy, 1880–1950
  2. pp. 251-267
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-277
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 279-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-295
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