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Forest history: international studies on socio-economic and forest ecosystem change. Report No.2 of the IUFRO Task Force on Environmental Change.

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This book presents edited and revised versions of 31 papers selected from those presented at a major conference on 'History and forest resources', held in Florence, Italy, in 1998. It also includes an introduction by the first editor. The book is a companion volume to 'Methods and approaches in forest history' (IUFRO Research Series No. 3), which is also based on papers from the conference, and pu...


Chapter 23 (Page no: 289)

A brief history of forest changes in the Sila Greca mountains.

This chapter examines the relationship between social history and forest changes during the last two centuries in the Sila Greca mountains of Calabria (Italy). For many thousands of years human impact in this area has strongly influenced the landscape, and specifically soil use and forest cover. The administrative boundaries were reconstructed in order to interpret the demographic changes that have had an impact on the forest area. The periods that have most strongly characterized the area's history are the following: (i) the late 18th century (1741-1807); (ii) the French occupation (1806-1814); (iii) the Bourbon restoration (1815-1859); (iv) the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1914); (v) the First World War and the immediate postwar period (1915-1921); (vi) from the Fascist era to the Second World War (1922-1945); and (vii) the post-Second World War period (from 1946). The historical sources used are reliable and consist of pertinent bibliographical references and vast archival documents: land registers, the French cadastre, the acts of the Feudal Commission and the correspondence of the Regional Commissary for Civic Rights. The documents that have been examined and their interpretation have led to the quantification of the effects of historical and political events on the forest cover of the Sila Greca area.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction: factors and processes in the history of forest resources. Author(s): Agnoletti, M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Forest resources and economic development in the Meuse Valley from the 11th to the 17th centuries on the basis of a study of river traffic. Author(s): Suttor, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) 'The coveted tree': the industrial threat to the Vosges forest in the 16th and 18th centuries. Author(s): Garnier, E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 49) The war of the plants: botanical exchange and agricultural conquest of the New World during colonial times. Author(s): Amodio, E.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 65) The historic evolution of the Haitian forest. Author(s): Hatzenberger, F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 79) Forests and forestry culture in Tuscany in the 18th and 19th centuries. Author(s): Nanni, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 93) Earlier images of the Amazon in the USA. Author(s): Sedrez, L. F.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 109) The tree and the machine: manufacture, communities and institutions in the woods of southern Italy. Author(s): Armiero, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 119) The Muniellos Forests (Asturias, Spain) in history. Author(s): Pablo Torrente, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 127) A French illusion: the scarcity of forest resources, 1814-1914. Author(s): Corvol-Dessert, A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 143) Shortage of wood? Towards a new approach in forest history: the Palatinate in the 19th century. Author(s): Grewe, B. S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 153) Socio-economic development and changing mental concepts (re)shaping the woods in a German region of low mountain ranges: contributions of a study on a regional level to the discussion of major issues of forest history. Author(s): Modert, G.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 161) Historical interactions between agricultural and forest utilization in the Austrian alps and their impact on the present forest condition. Author(s): Johann, E.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 171) Exploiting the last phase of the North European Timber Frontier for the international market 1890-1914: an economic-historical approach. Author(s): Björklund, J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 185) 'Impossible' roads and 'inaccessible' woods: aspects and problems of wood transport in the 18th century, southern Italy. Author(s): Gangemi, M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 195) Parks, plebs and the picturesque: Sherwood forest as a contested landscape in later Georgian England, 1770-1830. Author(s): Cowell, B.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 211) Social and environmental determining factors of forest fire history: the case of eastern Andalusia, 1840-1890. Author(s): Cruz Artacho, S. Gonzales de Molina, M. Núñez Delgado, M. Ortega, A.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 223) Common woodlands in Mediterranean societies: commercial management versus forms of peasant resistance in Andalusia (Spain), 1750-1930. Author(s): Ortega Santos, A.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 237) Biodiversity conservation in Central Himalaya: a people's approach. Author(s): Rawat, A. S.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 253) People's struggle against the institution of royal forest reserves in England in the 11th-14th centuries. Author(s): Serovayskay, J. J.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 263) In the wood of neglect. Author(s): Dargavel, J.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 279) Law, forest resources and management of territory in the late Middle Ages: woodlands in Tuscan municipal statutes. Author(s): Salvestrini, F.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 307) Economic culture and forest policy in Italy, 1861-1915. Author(s): Raffaelli, T.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 313) Forest policy and public forest production in Spain, 1855-1936. Author(s): Gallego Martínez, D. Jiménez Blanco, J. I. Sebastián Amarilla, J. A. Zambrana Pineda, J. F. Zapata Blanco, S.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 321) Economic policy and forest resources in Spain: the case of the province of Pontevedra, 1926-1956. Author(s): Rico Boquete, E.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 337) The impact of five forest commissions on the history and practice of forestry in British Columbia, Canada. Author(s): Mitchell-Banks, P.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 351) A brief history of Italian forest policy. Author(s): Freschi, A. L. Hermanin, L.
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 363) A history of the French coniferous forest. Author(s): Moriniaux, V.
Chapter: 30 (Page no: 371) Imagining and creating forests in Britain, 1890-1939. Author(s): Tsouvalis, J. Watkins, C.
Chapter: 31 (Page no: 387) Some aspects of forest management in Spain from the 16th to the 19th century. Author(s): Manuel, C. M.
Chapter: 32 (Page no: 397) The impact of economic, social and political factors on the ecology of small English woodlands: a case study of the ancient woods in South Yorkshire, England. Author(s): Rotherham, I. D. Jones, M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale Decollatura (CZ), viale Stazione, 70, 88100 Gallina di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2000
  • ISBN
  • 9780851994192
  • Record Number
  • 20000611251