Author: Ángel Paniagua
Historical geography has had as a preferred area of study of rural landscapes and societies in the past. In the context of the new rural geography, a road system is analyzed and its historical evolution is used as the source to make a narrative interpretation of the landscape. This narrative interpretation is understood as the evolutionary expression of different values, traditions, actions and hopes of the inhabitants of the area in the course of history. From this perspective, the paths can be used to establish an adequate continuity between the past and the present. The methodology combines the use of cartography, territorial recognition and in-depth surveys. The case study is a sector of the Sierra de Guadarrama located in central Spain.
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