Venice in Environmental Peril?: Myth and Reality

Venice in Environmental Peril?: Myth and Reality

by Dominic Standish

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ISBN-13: 9780761856641
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 01/15/2012
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dominic Standish, Ph.D., is British and lectures for the University of Iowa at its CIMBA campus in the Venice region of Italy, where he has lived since 1997 (see www.dominicstandish.com for more information).

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword by John Eglin
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Venice Problem and a Proposed Solution

PART ONE – VENICE’S MYTHICAL TRADITIONS
Chapter One: Founding Myths of the Venetian Republic
Chapter Two: Cultural Myths

PART TWO – FROM CONSERVATIONISM TO ENVIRONMENTALISM
Chapter Three: The Triumph of Conservationism
Chapter Four: Transforming Conservationism into Environmentalism

PART THREE – CLAIMS-MAKING ABOUT VENICE’S MOBILE DAMS
Chapter Five: Environmentalists Challenge Venice’s Mobile Dams
Chapter Six: Environmental Claims about Venice’s Mobile Dams
Chapter Seven: Myths about Venice’s Mobile Dams

PART FOUR – MYTHS ABOUT MODERNIZATION
Chapter Eight: Modernization and Environmentalism
Chapter Nine: Modernizing or Sustaining Venice?

Conclusion: The Reconstitution of the Venetian Metaphor

Appendix A: Profiles of Venetian Environmentalists Interviewed
Appendix B: List of Non-Governmental Organizations
Appendix C: List and Abbreviations of Political Parties
Appendix D: Glossary of Terminology
Chronology: Venice and its Protection
Bibliography
Index

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James Panton

Standish has succeeded in locating the transforming history of Venice as metaphor for Western preoccupations and self-understanding - from the highest realization of mercantile politics and republican statehood through romance and degenerate decadence, to its contemporary invocation as a symbol of unease and discomfort with the achievements of modernity and the attempt to master nature. This is an important contribution to the critique of the diminished political and historical imagination that underpins the construction of climate change as an insurmountable social problem.

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