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Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy

Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy
The Piedmontese Nobility, 1861–1930

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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522298

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About the Authors
  • This book provides the first full account of the Italian Sobility in the post-unification era, and challenges recent interpretations that have stressed the rapid fusion of old and new elites by highlighting the continuing economic strength, social power and political influence of Italy's most prominent regional aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles developed more indirect forms of influence, while remaining a separate and exclusive group with limited social contacts with industrial or managerial elites, until World War I transformed their old way of life.

    • A full account of the Italian nobility in the period after national unification
    • Challenges revisionist scholarship by emphasising the enduring social, economic and political power of the aristocracy
    • Uses previously neglected records which provide a rich source of information on Italian elites
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    • Winner of the American Historical Association's Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize 1998

    Reviews & endorsements

    "An important contribution to Italian history and useful generally to historians of modern Europe. Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

    "...Cardoza has produced a splendid account of an important component of Italian life. This book is recommended for college and university libraries, especially where graduate courses are offered." Andrew Rolle, History

    "...a fine piece of scholarship." Rudolph M. Bell, American Historical Review

    "...a valuable contribution to modern Italian historiography....another piece of the puzzle that is the unification and formation of the Italian nation....willprove useful to scholars who study either the history of railways or the European nobility." Charles L. Bertrand, Canadian Journal of History

    "Anthony L. Cardoza of Loyola University of Chicago is the winner of the American Historical Association's Helen and Howard F. Marrano Prize. The book has been praised as a major contribution to our understanding of both the Italian and wider European nobility." The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522298
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. The making of the Piedmontese nobility, 1600–1848
    2. The long goodbye: aristocrats in politics and public life, 1848–1914
    3. Old money: the scale and structure of aristocratic wealth
    4. Perpetuating an aristocratic social elite
    5. The limits of fusion: aristocratic-bourgeois relations in nineteenth-century Piedmont
    6. Retreat and adaptation in the twentieth century

  • Author

    Anthony L. Cardoza, Loyola University, Chicago


    • Winner of the American Historical Association's Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize 1998

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