Italy: An Introductory Geography

Italy: An Introductory Geography

Italy: An Introductory Geography

Italy: An Introductory Geography

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This book is intended mainly for students of geography in high schools and colleges, but may also prove useful to the wider body of those engaged in history or literature, whose studies may be enriched by a knowledge of the evolution of Italian life and landscape. I have tried to be both comprehensive and concise, and I hope that the system of subdividing the book into sections as well as chapters will help those who may wish to explore only one particular aspect.

The main purpose has been to provide an account of the geography of Italy at the present day. Only limited space has therefore been devoted to the evolution of the present physical landscape, and more attention has been given to describing it as it now is. Similarly no attempt has been made to reconstruct the geography of Italy at past periods, and only a brief outline of the peopling of the country and the principal political and economic changes in the period before unification a century ago have been included. In the view of the author only the changes of the physical environment that are currently taking place, such as the retreat of glaciers, the advance of the coastline in places, the activity of volcanoes, the process of gullying and so on, are of direct interest to the present-day geography. In the same way, although the results of human activity over the last few millennia are widely in evidence today, it is the activities of the last century or so and the processes that continue now, that largely explain the present human geography of the country.

There is no fixed way in which a regional geography book should be written, and the order in which the topics and regional descriptions have been put in this book is the one considered by the author to be the most suitable in his view for an account of the geography of Italy. A summary of the physical conditions without reference to their influence on human activity and brief historical sketch precede the main . . .

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