23 September 2022
A course to discover the historical dynamics of mountainous economy in Europe in the study plan of MOUNTAINSIDE
The new Master’s Degree course in VALORIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MOUNTAIN AREAS offered by the UNIMONT Centre of the University of Milan (class LM-73) provides students with knowledge of the dynamics of mountainous economy in Europe, focusing on the historical and geographic contextualization of the mutual conditioning of man and mountain environment.
The MOUNTAINSIDE “Geographic and Historical Development of The Mountain in The Long Run” Course is held by Professor Giuseppe De Luca of the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods of the University of Milan.
Professor De Luca says: “The first module aims to provide preliminary knowledge of the regional geography of the Alpine environment and its multifaceted links with human communities. Moving away from a purely ‘naturalistic’ view (the Alps as a wilderness frontier) and approaching it from a systemic perspective. Debunking long-held negative claims about mountains (primarily the idea that they were merely “factories of men produced for the use of others”), the second module intends to provide students with knowledge of the dynamics of mountainous economy in Europe over the long run. It envisages the period from the emergence of the Middle Ages communities up to the current trend. The approach is that of geo-history introduced by Fernand Braudel and based on the study of a double liaison, from nature to man and man to nature.”