Venice in Environmental Peril?: Myth and Reality

Venice in Environmental Peril?: Myth and Reality

by Dominic Standish

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ISBN-13: 9780761856658
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/14/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
File size: 2 MB

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

What People are Saying About This

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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