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History of the Alps, 1500 - 1900: Environment, Development, and Society (Paperback)
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History of the Alps, 1500 - 1900: Environment, Development, and Society (Paperback)

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Paperback 284 Pages / Published: 30/04/2009
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In the 1700s, Jean-Jacques Rousseau celebrated the Alps as the quintessence of the triumph of nature over the ""horrors"" of civilization. Now available in English, History of the Alps, 1500-1900: Environment, Development, and Society provides a precise history of one of the greatest mountain range systems in the world. Jon Mathieu's work disproves a number of commonly held notions about the Alps, positioning them as neither an inversion of lowland society nor a world apart with respect to Europe. Mathieu's broad historical portrait addresses both the economic and sociopolitical - exploring the relationship between population levels, development, and the Alpine environment, as well as the complex links between agrarian structure, society, and the development of modern civilization. More detailed analysis examines the relationship between various agrarian structures and shifting political configurations, several aspects of family history between the late Middle Ages and the turn of the twentieth century, and exploration of the Savoy, Grisons, and Carinthia regions.

Publisher: West Virginia University Press
ISBN: 9781933202341
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Mathieu's book demolishes widespread cliches about the Alps, which seek to portray the Alpine region as the complete reversal of society in lowland areas, or as a world segregated from the rest of Europe." "Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes"


."..Mathieu has done Alpine studies an immense service, collecting an expansive body of research long divided along national, linguistic, and disciplinary lines. As Mathieu accurately states, 'Quantitative history is sorely missing from Alpine research, ' and this slim volume provides a very valuable resource for scholars who wish to redress this lacuna."
Lee W. Holt, "H-Net Reviews"

"Mathieu's book demolishes widespread cliches about the Alps, which seek to portray the Alpine region as the complete reversal of society in lowland areas, or as a world segregated from the rest of Europe."
"Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes"


..".Mathieu has done Alpine studies an immense service, collecting an expansive body of research long divided along national, linguistic, and disciplinary lines. As Mathieu accurately states, 'Quantitative history is sorely missing from Alpine research, ' and this slim volume provides a very valuable resource for scholars who wish to redress this lacuna."
Lee W. Holt, "H-Net Reviews"

"Mathieu's book demolishes widespread cliches about the Alps, which seek to portray the Alpine region as the complete reversal of society in lowland areas, or as a world segregated from the rest of Europe."
"Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes"

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