In the 19th century peasant world, hunting assumed a role of primary importance for survival, in particular among the rural populations of the Apennine Mountains. Of course, hunting meant poaching, given the extreme poverty of farmhouses, and it was carried out with very particular means, as required by the forbidden – and almost disappeared – hunting techniques. Many authors of the first half of the 20th century had already condemned those practices, comparing them to the worst forms of poaching, incompatible with a fair management of fauna. This book studies the colonist’s need to catch wild animals with ‘destructive’ methods, while describing the historical and social background of the country of that time.
The volume is divided in thirteen chapters, each of them dealing with a particular aspect of the matter: from the history of tenant farming in Tuscany to the description of the natural environment; from the various kinds of hunting to the recipes to cook hunted animals. The result is a full and detailed picture of peasants who became hunters out of need. The text is enriched with several vintage photos and drawings representing hunted animals and hunting techniques.
1st edition: April 2007
1st reprint: July 2012PDF format