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Gestione dell'acqua in Europa (XII-XVIII Secc.) / Water Management in Europe (12th-18th centuries)

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  • Giampiero Nigro,

Water was a source of wealth which facilitated, fostered or brutally halted economic development in the Ancien Regime. Lack of hygiene meant that water was used less for drinking than other drinks, but as a raw material, source of energy, cooling, rinsing and cleansing agent, water was unequalled. It played a role in public and private relaxation and in health. Water also proved to be an ideal, safe and cheap means of transporting goods and ideas. Urban historians have long pointed to the enormous comparative advantage enjoyed by towns and regions whose favourable maritime or riverine location gave them access to cheap water-borne transport. But water just as often posed a threat to economic development and prosperity, whether due to its absence or its specific composition or level of pollution or to uncontrollable abundance. This duality is still present today in our modern, globalised society. While huge quantities of fresh, potable water are wasted in the West, free or cheap access to fresh and abundant water supplies remains a major challenge for millions of individuals on the planet. Major floods in different parts of the world regularly cause economic damage and endless human suffering.
With a Settimana devoted to the management of the water supply, excluding related topics as water consumption, water transport and the use of water in agriculture and industry, the Istituto Datini is seeking to draw attention.

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Giampiero Nigro

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-1008-1153

Giampiero Nigro is a Professor at the University of Florence and the author of several publications on the organization of traffic in the Mediterranean Sea during the late Middle Ages, on the history of coin and bank and on consumption and nutrition in different social classes. He is also interested in the characteristics of the textile district of Prato between the 19th and 20th century. He is Scientific Director of the "F. Datini" International Institute of Economic History.
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Book Title

Gestione dell'acqua in Europa (XII-XVIII Secc.) / Water Management in Europe (12th-18th centuries)

Editors

Giampiero Nigro

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

472

Publication Year

2018

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© 2018 Author(s)

Content License

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-6453-700-9

ISBN Print

978-88-6453-699-6

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978-88-6453-700-9

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978-88-9273-106-6

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Atti delle «Settimane di Studi» e altri Convegni

Series Issn ISSN

2704-6354

Series E-Issn

2704-5668

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