Historical Geography and Geosciences

Farming Communities in the Western Alps, 1500–1914

The Enduring Bond

Authors: Dodgshon, Robert

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  • Provides a rounded view of Alpine historical geography, the first written in English
  • Makes use of a great deal of fresh archival material
  • Offers a consistent integrated viewpoint on active topics of debate
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This monograph explores traditional farming communities in French-speaking areas of the western Alps for the period 1500-1914 and how they endured in such an environment despite the many problems and risks which it posed for their subsistence and welfare. Using an extensive amount of archival material drawn from the relevant regional archives, the book presents a great deal of fresh data. Its central theme is how such communities responded to the opportunities and challenges presented by the highly variegated environment of their setting. The view taken is that their strategies of exploitation stressed diversity and flexibility, mapping the highly varied ecologies and resource opportunities of their setting into these strategies by spreading livelihood and risk as widely as possible. This interpretative framework is developed across all the book's themes: landholding, arable and livestock sectors, use of the commons and, finally, how communities coped with climate-based risks.
The book appeals to geographers, historians, environmental scientists and everyone interested in traditional farming communities and their long-term challenges.

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Robert A. Dodgshon is an emeritus professor of Aberystwyth University. He was formerly Gregynog Professor of Geography and Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth. He has written extensively on historical geography. His previous work includes books on geographical change, Europe and on farming communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands during the medieval and early modern period. He has long had a particular interest in the livelihoods and strategies by which mountain communities generally ensured stability. As well as being a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, he is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Farming Communities in the Western Alps, 1500–1914
Book Subtitle
The Enduring Bond
Authors
Series Title
Historical Geography and Geosciences
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16361-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16361-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16360-0
Series ISSN
2520-1379
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 168
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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