Le astuzie della microstoria. Da archeologie industriali a patrimonio diffuso
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
The wiles of microstory. From industrial archeologies to diffused heritage
The widening of the horizon of conservation has given to the topic of industrial archeology a place of absolute importance in the debate that has been taking place in Italy for years on the fate of the existing. The expression “frontier discipline” that Aldo Castellano has given to industrial archeology, synthesizes the need of a secular and totalizing approach to the topic, in the perspective of a broader history of industrial civilization and in the aim of a finally integrated protection of the territory. Research in recent years - especially on a regional scale - has revealed the reality of an industrial history able to integrate more general stories and to be translated into universal heritage, with all that this implies. All this means the transition from micro-history linked to the individual artifacts to the macro-history, with the former attentive to the specific facts of a time and a place, and the latter intended to reabsorb these facts within a history without borders.