Victorian travellers, Apennine landscapes and the development of cultural heritage in eastern Liguria, c. 1875-1914

Balzaretti, Ross (2011) Victorian travellers, Apennine landscapes and the development of cultural heritage in eastern Liguria, c. 1875-1914. History, 96 (4). pp. 436-458. ISSN 1468-229X

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This article, which focuses on Italian Apennine landscapes in the northern region of Liguria, investigates late nineteenth-century travel from the perspective of historical ecology. It argues that travellers' observations and reflections can be rich sources for landscape history, and that travel writing is therefore a worthwhile source for ecologists. However, travel writing was a conflicted genre torn between such realistic visions of landscape and more common aesthetic ones, as contemporary views of the perceived picturesqueness of coastal Liguria demonstrate. Historians of travel have been much more interested in 'aesthetic travellers'. in part because the meaning of travel for identity construction is a more fashionable topic among historians tha ecology. Policymakers at both UNESCO and the EU have unfortunately espoused a visions of 'cultural landscape' based on aesthetics. Instead a more precise understanding of how past societies created landscapes through practice is essential if these are to be maintained in the future.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Balzaretti, R. (2011), Victorian Travellers, Apennine Landscapes and the Development of Cultural Heritage in Eastern Liguria, c. 1875–1914. History, 96: 436–458. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-229X.2011.00528.x which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-229X.2011.00528.x
Depositing User: Balzaretti, Dr Ross
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 14:04
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 06:42

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