Title internet web page of Jan Kochanowski’s Satyr albo dziki mąż (1564),
a political satire in verse that criticized forest exploitation.
(Nationwide Digital Library Polona, from the article)

Forest regulation continues to produce grist for scholarship.

October’s Environmental Historic previous printed, alongside an article on early Chinese language language forest regulation, Mateusz Falkowski’s “Fear and Abundance: Reshaping of Royal Forests in Sixteenth-Century Poland and Lithuania”. The abstract:

This textual content analyzes new restrictive forest legal guidelines launched by king Sigismund Augustus (d. 1572) in Poland and Lithuania. Inside the sixteenth century, japanese Europe remained in all probability essentially the most densely forested space on the continent; Poland and Lithuania, nonetheless, had been blessed not solely with belongings however moreover with an unusual combination of plains, forests, rivers, and seaports that facilitated the occasion of large-scale forest industries. Drawing on a mixture of royal paperwork, space surveys, correspondence, customs registers, and updated literature, I argue that the quite a few belongings accessible to the king allowed him to consider the forest monetary system and long-distance commerce in its merchandise as a result of the backbone of state funds. I acknowledge modifications inside the forest regime as part of the higher state reforms redefining the connection of the king’s matters to his space, along with a strategic switch designed to increase treasury income to finance the navy by the Livonian Warfare (1558–83). I moreover argue that modifications inside the forest regime had been established as a result of abundance of belongings, in distinction to in numerous updated European states that launched prohibitive authorized tips on account of picket shortage fears.

For various newest takes on forest regulation see proper right hereproper right here and proper right here, or click on on on the “forest” label.

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