(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

Railways and borderlands: the rebirth of the Franco-Italian line through the Alpes-Maritimes

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



In this article, literature is reviewed for concepts relevant to the study of borderlands particularly in relation to shifting boundaries and the role of transport policies. A case study is made of the Alpes-Maritimes region of the Franco-Italian border where an Italian transalpine railway linking Ventimiglia and Cuneo was completed in 1928, destroyed during the World War, and reopened in 1979, despite a major boundary shift in 1947 placing virtually all the alpine section within French territory. Assessment of the impact of the born-again facility on the borderland suggests that patterns of circulation are tending to re-establish pre-War modes and that, over time, differences within national and between Italian and French transport policies are reflected in the cultural landscape.


Article of periodic

published at : Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Rotterdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 75, no5 [pp. 322-328]

Bibliographic references : 16 réf.



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