Pour une histoire des Alpes, Moyen Age et Temps Modernes: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pour une histoire des Alpes, Moyen Age et Temps Modernes

1st Edition

By Jean-François Bergier


320 pages

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pub: 1997-12-15
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The Alps, as Professor Bergier shows in this selection of his work, should not be considered an impassable barrier, nor an isolated region, but rather as an integral part of the history of Europe. The lowlanders’ typical view of the mountains as fearful heights to be crossed, and the image of those who lived there as existing in a delicate balance with nature, are part only of the story. These articles are particularly concerned with transalpine traffic, and the different routes it took in response to changing circumstances in the lands to south and north, and with the exploitation and use of mountain resources. A number aim also to identify the particularities of the mountain way of life, and its social and political organisation.


'Bergier’s essays are among the most important and treasured works published in this subject area. ' Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1998 (translated from German) 'Bergier’s style of writing is easy to read, and the reading of one article makes the reader want to know more.' Journal of Early Modern History, 4, 3-4

Table of Contents

Contents: Les Alpes et Genève; Le trafic à travers les Alpes et les liaisons transalpines du haut Moyen Age au XVIIe siècle; Territoire, économie et société dans l’histoire des Alpes; La montagne: économie et sociétés; Die Auswirkungen des Verkehrs auf die Bergbevölkerung im Mittelalter; Péages du XVe siècle au Pays de Vaud; Simplon ou Mont-Cenis? Deux mémoires sur la concurrence des voies transalpines vers 1600; Port de Nice, sel de Savoie et foires de Genève: un ambitieux projet de la seconde moitié du XVe siècle; Sel, politique et grandes affaires: l’exploitation des salines de Savoie dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle; Élevage alpin et marchés urbains au Moyen Age: où sont les entrepreneurs?; Histoire et aménagement du territoire: de quelques expériences de la Suisse médiévale; Les Alpes et la démocratie: sur le problème des origines de la Confédération Suisse; Guillaume Tell, légende et réalité dans les Alpes au Moyen Age; Les Alpes, séparation et union de l’Europe; La montagne imaginaire: réalité d’en-haut, perception d’en-bas; Des Alpes traversées aux Alpes vécues: pour un projet de coopération internationale et interdisciplinaire en histoire des Alpes; Index.

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