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The Reinterpretation of Italian Economic History
From Unification to the Great War

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521192385

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  • Post–Unification Italy was part of a wider world within which men and money circulated freely; it developed to the extent that those mobile resources chose to locate on its soil. The economy's cyclical movements reflected conditions in international financial markets, and were little affected by domestic policies. State intervention restricted the internal and international mobility of goods, and limited Italy’s development: it kept the economy weak, reduced Italy’s weight in the comity of nations, and paved the way for the frustrations and adventurism that would plunge the twentieth century into world war.

    • Places Italy's development in its international context
    • Applies rigorous economic logic
    • Both an economic history, and an intellectual history
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    "This book brings together four decades of research on Italian industrialization by Stefano Fenoaltea." -EH.Net, Brian A'Hearn

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521192385
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 4 maps 32 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The time series and the interpretations
    2. The investment cycle
    3. The consumption cycle and the 'crisis' of the 1880s
    4. Protection and migration
    5. Railways
    6. North and south
    7. The state of play
    Appendices: tariffs, trade, migration and growth.

  • Author

    Stefano Fenoaltea, Università degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata'
    Stefano Fenoaltea obtained his PhD in economics at Harvard University, where he studied under Alexander Gerschenkron and John R. Meyer. He has taught extensively at leading colleges and universities in the United States, and is now serving in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Rome (Tor Vergata). He has published widely in academic journals, and is best known for his work on slavery, medieval agriculture, and Italian development. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a consultant to the Istituto Centrale di Statistica and to the Bank of Italy; he is listed in Who's Who in the World.

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