HISTORY OF THE ALPS, 1500 - 1900: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIETY by Jon MathieuHISTORY OF THE ALPS, 1500 - 1900: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIETY by Jon Mathieu

HISTORY OF THE ALPS, 1500 - 1900: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIETY

byJon Mathieu

Paperback | April 28, 2009

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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 is Professor of History at the University of Lucerne, founding director of the Institute of Alpine History at the University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera Italiana). Matthew Vester is Associate professor in the Department of History at West Virginia University.
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Title:HISTORY OF THE ALPS, 1500 - 1900: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIETYFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:West Virginia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1933202343

ISBN - 13:9781933202341

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Table of Contents

PrefaceThe Alps: A Historical Space? •Key questions and the state of the research
•The political construction of territory
Population •Data and collection methods
•Comparing long-term trends
Agriculture and Alpiculture •The intensity differential in the Alps
•Cropping frequency and yields
•The intensification of animal husbandry
•. . . and of plant cultivation
•Technology
Cities •Statistics in the early modern era
•Acceleration of growth
•The slowing of urban growth
•The nineteenth century
Environment and Development •An intermediate assessment: differentiated growth
•Relations between the Alps and surrounding areas
•History and ecological models
•Illustrations After p. 134
Two Agrarian Structures (Nineteenth Century) •Farming establishments
•Public order and property
•Inheritance law, collective resources
Territories during the Early Modern Period •Savoy: the duke, the notables
•The Grisons: communes with subjects
•Carinthia: Lord, peasant, servant
State Formation and Society •The European dimension
•Politics as a factor of differentiation
•Rural societies
History of the Alps from 1500 to 1900 •A summary
•Arguments and outlook
AppendicesBibliographyIndex

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"...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