Cipières: Landscape and Community in Alpes-Maritimes, France [Paperback]

David Austin (Author); Rosamond Faith (Author); Andrew Fleming (Author); David Siddle (Author)

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ISBN: 9781905119998 | Published by: Windgather Press | Year of Publication: 2013 | Language: English 432p, H246 x W185 (mm) b/w and col. illus

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Cipières, in the Alpes-Maritimes, is a French upland landscape rich in archaeology and distinctive in its topography. Cipières: Community and Landscape in the Alpes-Maritimes is a unique exploration which brings together a wealth of documentary sources retained in the village with material evidence in the landscape to produce an interdisciplinary and holistic account of the development of one community and its lands. Beginning with a history of the Project, the volume examines the village’s morphology and archaeology, including a landscape survey and investigation of the agrarian systems of the Plâteau de Calern, before moving on to examine settlement patterns, population, politics, social structure and the local economy from the fifth century through to 1900. After a period of decline, the area is now undergoing regeneration, and history is bought up-to-date and placed in its modern context through reflections of the modern day region.

Table of Contents

Preface: A brief history of the Cipières Project David Austin and Andrew Fleming
1. Setting the scene Andrew Fleming, David Austin and David Siddle
2. An outline early chronology and an account of the village’s morphology David Austin and Andrew Fleming
3. The archaeology of the central part of the Plâteau de Calern David Austin
4. The Les Baumes landscape survey: dating the basic agrarian landscape of the Plâteau de Calern Andrew Fleming
5. Settlement, social structure and politics from the 5th to the 14th century Rosamund Faith
6.Population, economy and society, 1050–1531 David Siddle
7. Medieval agrarian systems Rosamund Faith
8. Agrarian systems in the post-medieval period David Siddle
9. Population, economy and society, 1531–1900 David Siddle
10. Les Baumes in the modern era Andrew Fleming
11. Reflections Andrew Fleming, David Siddle, Rosamund Faith and David Austin
Appendix 1: A catalogue and chronology of quartier and other names

Reviews & Quotes

"This is likely to become a classic, of interest not only to those interested in Provence, but to medievalists and early-modernists concerned with how the study of a rural village and its landscape can contribute, in the best Annales tradition, to understanding long-term historical trends. "
Bailey K. Young
H-France (31/10/2016)

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