Forests and Peasant Politics in Modern France


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Confronting an ecological crisis in 1860, French officials initiated an unprecedented policy of alpine reforestation. The Alps, Pyrenees, and Massif Central mountains were fragile and degraded, scientific experts determined, and the salvation of the mountains (for the benefit of lowland farmers and urban areas) would require watershed restorations and reduced access to forest and pasture for alpine peasants. This book is an environmental and political history of the disputes over the uses of mountains and forests in France ...

Forests and Peasant Politics in Modern France 2000, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300082272