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Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives (2019)
Journal Article
Balzaretti, R. (2019). Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives. Journal of Risk Research, doi:10.1080/13669877.2019.1569101

On the 25 October 2011 the River Magra in the far east of the Italian region of Liguria flooded with catastrophic effects, killing thirteen people and causing millions of euros in damage. Managing such an extreme episode is very hard, as local policy... Read More

Topographical art and historical geography: amateur English representations of Ligurian landscape in the early nineteenth century (2018)
Journal Article
Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2019). Topographical art and historical geography: amateur English representations of Ligurian landscape in the early nineteenth century. Geostoria. Bollettino e Notiziario del Centro Italiano per gli Studi Storico-Geografici, 26(3), 195-221

Since the 1970s scholars have studied representational landscape art to examine changing social conditions, the relationship between landscape and power, and as a source for interpreting past landscapes. Landscape and topographical art if carefully p... Read More

Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy) (2018)
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Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2018). Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy). Landscape History, 39(2), 91-108. doi:10.1080/01433768.2018.1534460

This paper explores the value of landscape and topographical art for understanding contemporary landscapes of the Val d’Aosta, NW Italy. The region became very popular with British tourists in the early nineteenth-century and several amateur and prof... Read More

Travel, modernity and rural landscapes in nineteenth-century Liguria (2018)
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Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2018). Travel, modernity and rural landscapes in nineteenth-century Liguria. Rural History, 29(2), 167-193. doi:10.1017/S0956793318000079

New roads and later railways were essential for the modernisation and rapid economic development of North-western Italy in the early nineteenth century. The new routes also encouraged an increasing number of foreign travellers to visit the region. Th... Read More

Topographical art and historical geography: amateur English representations of Ligurian landscape in the early nineteenth century (2018)
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Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (in press). Topographical art and historical geography: amateur English representations of Ligurian landscape in the early nineteenth century. ISSN 1593-4578

This paper assesses the value of amateur topographical art for historical geographers and landscape historians. It examines the work of two amateur artists, Elizabeth Fanshawe and William Strangways, made in Liguria, northwest Italy, to assess th... Read More

Botanical relics of a lost landscape: herborising ‘upon the Cliffs about the Pharos’ in Genoa, March 1664 (2017)
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Bruzzone, R., Watkins, C., Balzaretti, R., & Montanari, C. (2018). Botanical relics of a lost landscape: herborising ‘upon the Cliffs about the Pharos’ in Genoa, March 1664. Landscape Research, 43(1), doi:10.1080/01426397.2016.1274966. ISSN 0142-6397

This paper uses approaches derived from historical ecology to show how knowledge can be gained about the historical and cultural value of neglected urban landscapes. We study the area around Genoa’s lighthouse and consider the long-term survival of i... Read More

Narratives of success and narratives of failure: representations of the career of King Hugh of Italy (c.885-948) (2016)
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Balzaretti, R. (2016). Narratives of success and narratives of failure: representations of the career of King Hugh of Italy (c.885-948). Early Medieval Europe, 24(2), doi:10.1111/emed.12140. ISSN 0963-9462

Hugh of Arles, King of Italy between 926 and 947, has come to be regarded as one of the more successful kings of Italy in the tenth century. The evidence of his charters supports this conclusion, showing how effectively he managed to insert members o... Read More

The wolf in the landscape: Antonio Cesena and attitudes to wolves in sixteenth century Liguria (2015)
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Hearn, R., Balzaretti, R., & Watkins, C. (2015). The wolf in the landscape: Antonio Cesena and attitudes to wolves in sixteenth century Liguria. Rural History, 26(1), doi:10.1017/S0956793314000193. ISSN 0956-7933

The recent reappearance of wolves in many areas of Europe has stimulated an interest in the past relationships between the species and humans in various different geographical locations and historical epochs. The image of wolves approaching and enter... Read More

Victorian travellers, Apennine landscapes and the development of cultural heritage in eastern Liguria, c. 1875-1914 (2011)
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Balzaretti, R. (2011). Victorian travellers, Apennine landscapes and the development of cultural heritage in eastern Liguria, c. 1875-1914. History, 96(4), doi:10.1111/j.1468-229X.2011.00528.x. ISSN 0018-2648

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... Read More