Wilko Graf von Hardenberg

Membership:  2010/2011

Member Bio

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is an environmental historian focusing on socio-political aspects of nature perception and management in modern Europe. He holds a Laurea in History from the University of Torino, Italy and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. He was a postgraduate fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy and held a postdoctoral position, funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento, at the University of Trento, Italy. His recent research focuses on the history of nature conservation, management, and rhetoric in the Alps.


  • “Act Local, Think National: A Brief History of Access Rights and Environmental Conflicts in Fascist Italy.” In Nature and History in Modern Italy, edited by M. Armiero and M. Hall, 141-160. Athens, OH: Univ. Press, 2010.
  • “Ressourcen und Konflikte als Elemente einer sozialen Umweltgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts: Das italienische Beispiel.” In Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2008-2009, edited by Bernd Herrmann, 27-45. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag, 2010.
  • With Paolo Pelizzari. “The Environmental Question, Employment, and Development in Italy’s Left, 1945 – 1990.” Left History 13, no. 1 (2008): 77-105.
  • “Percezione e Rappresentazione della Natura in Le Vie d’Italia, 1917 – 1967.” Paratesto 5 (2008): 237-254.
  • “Nature Rhetoric: Mediterranean Fascisms between Industrialization and First Preservation.” In Views from the South: Environmental Stories from the Mediterranean World (19th-20th Centuries), edited by M. Armiero, 187-207. Naples: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, 2006.