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Paolo Squatriti F'17, F'99

Paolo Squatriti

Professor
History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Environment
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
last updated: 04/23/17

ACLS Fellowship Program 2017
Professor
History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Program in the Environment
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Pleasing Plants and Worrisome Weeds: Botanical Change in Early Medieval Europe

At the beginning of the middle ages, European people altered their longstanding patterns of engagement with plants. This project evaluates how and why this unusual set of changes occurred. To establish what crops advanced and which ones retreated in early medieval fields, and how this affected weed populations, the project compares two territories in detail: France and Italy from 300 to 800. “Pleasing Plants and Worrisome Weeds” also probes Europeans’ cultural adaptations to the new botanical situations on the ground, exploring the relationship between practical and theoretical botany in early medieval Europe. This project thus contributes to understandings of how people classify and catalogue nature, and why they adopt the classifications they do.

ACLS Fellowship Program 1999
Visiting Assistant Professor
History
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ditches and dominion in early medieval Europe