Making Sense of Water: A Personal Quest into the History of Irrigation


Prompted by a childhood memory in which the meadow surrounding his parents’ home was flooded for several days, Wilko Graf von Hardenberg discusses the ways water management practices shaped the landscape of his childhood during the years of the Fascist regime in Italy. Reflecting on the impact of this powerful memory, the role of personal experience in the construction of environmental history is brought to the fore, raising critical historiographical questions.