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Gli statuti di Pigna e la storia rurale delle Alpi Marittime (XVI secolo)

Abstract : The communal statutes of Pigna (Imperia), dating back to the 16th century and containing 342 chapters, are a primary source for the study of the economy, society and institutions in the region between Western Liguria and Nice. The edition of the text, accompanied by a table of contents and a glossary of dialect terms and expressions, is preceded by an essay that highlights the importance of this source for the rural history of the Nervia Valley and of the Maritime Alps in general. Within this framework, the reconstruction of the landscape, settlements, and population of Pigna in the long term is followed by an investigation of the origin of this community’s statutes and their application in fields such as the history of law, linguistics and, especially, toponymy from the 19th century to the present. The essay then identifies and analyses some chapters whose interest goes beyond the local context. From these descriptions of trading in fir logs, farm tools, the activities of day labourers, and livestock diseases, the identity of the place – a crossroads between the coast and the hinterland, between the Ligurian and the Provençal areas – gradually emerges. The essay concludes with a presentation of the code’s structure and, in broad terms, of its content. The book presents an unconventional local history, in which events are replaced by structures and political-diplomatic affairs give way to slow transformations of the agrarian landscape: history merges with historical geography.
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Marco Cassioli. Gli statuti di Pigna e la storia rurale delle Alpi Marittime (XVI secolo). Deputazione Subalpina di Storia Patria. 2020, 9788897866282. ⟨hal-03537188⟩



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