Centre for the History of the Alps
What does the industrial past of the Alps teach us? The various studies contained in this volume explore differences and similarities in the protection of the industrial heritage in relation to the evolution of memory and the construction of the heritage in recent decades in the alpine world.
Alpi e patrimonio industriale
14.5 x 19 cm, 308 pp.
31 ill. b/w
italian, french, german
€ 25 / frs 25.–
The theme of the book is the definition of the relations between community and work in the alpine and subalpine environment. The setting of the Alps has resulted in specific forms of organisation of work and ownership, for example by emphasising the role of the collective management of land assets, but, at the same time, the organisation of work has modified and characterised life differently in mountain communities than in lowland communities. Alpine areas provided opportunities not always present elsewhere: exploitation of forests and waters, employment as guides, and transportation of goods by pack animals through the mountain passes and of travellers in transit. These were just some of the possible spheres of work in these areas. The texts that the reader will find in the book are organised into five sections: the first dedicated to collective needs and local resources, the second to the organisation of work, the third to trade and commerce, the fourth to infrastructure and, finally, with a function of comparison and contrast, a fifth section devoted to “other mountains”.
Montagne, comunità e lavoro tra XIV e XVIII secolo
14.5 x 19 cm, 260 pp.
27 ill. b/w
€ 20 / frs 20.–
How was work done, how did income accumulate, and how was business conducted in pre-industrial societies? Through the experiences described in this book, the reader will discover a series of features distinguishing the various forms of work. Some are well-known, others perhaps less so, but all fall into three spheres: diversification of sources of income, creation of networks of contacts (professional and familial, political and religious), and adoption of complex business strategies.
Labour and Business in Pre-Industrial Societies
14.5 x 19 cm, 264 pp.
21 ill. b/w
€ 25 / frs 25.–