Cultivating Nature: The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape

Cultivating Nature

The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape

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ISBN10: 029574331X ISBN13: 9780295743318 Contributors: Sutter, Paul S. (Foreword) Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr Published: Mar 1 2018 Pages: 285 Weight: 1.26lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

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Winner of the 2019 Turku Book Award from the European Society for Environmental History

The Albufera Natural Park, an area ten kilometers south of Valencia that is widely regarded as the birthplace of paella, has long been prized by residents and visitors alike. Since the twentieth century, the disparate visions of city dwellers, farmers, fishermen, scientists, politicians, and tourists have made this working landscape a site of ongoing conflict over environmental conservation in Europe, the future of Spain, and Valencian identity.

In Cultivating Nature, Sarah Hamilton explores the Albufera's contested lands and waters, which have supported and been transformed by human activity for a millennium, in order to understand regional, national, and global social histories. She argues that efforts to preserve biological and cultural diversity must incorporate the interests of those who live within heavily modified and long-exploited ecosystems such as the Albufera de Valencia. Shifting between local struggles and global debates, this fascinating environmental history reveals how Franco's dictatorship, Spain's integration with Europe, and the crisis in European agriculture have shaped the Albufera, its users, and its inhabitants.

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