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Marginal EuropeThe Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages$
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Sidney Pollard

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001

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The Positive View

The Positive View

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It is possible to take a different view altogether. This makes it possible to emphasize the power of adverse conditions to bring out hidden human qualities left dormant in a life of ease, qualities that allowed these populations not only to survive, but even, at times, to excel. This chapter follows the line of thought that living in marginal areas was not always rated as inferior. It traces two aspects of the ‘positive’ view: the belief in a desirable environment, and the esteem in which the population on marginal land was held. Handicaps, difficulties, and lack of political clout and access to the seats of power remained, and could not always be avoided; yet they could be overcome by the inner resources, combined with the positive locational advantages of marginal folk.

Keywords:   adverse conditions, marginal land, desirable environment, reconstruction

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