Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy : the Piedmontese nobility, 1861-1930

Anthony L. Cardoza

This book provides a full account of the Italian nobility in the post-unification era. It challenges interpretations which have stressed the rapid fusion of old and new elites in Italy and the marginality of the nobility after 1861, and instead highlights the continuing economic strength, social power and political influence of Italy's most prominent regional aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles were able to develop more indirect forms of influence to satisfy their hunger for leadership based on something older than constitutions or electoral politics. They remained a largely separate group within local society, distinguished by their attachment to the values of lineage, military service, landownership, and social exclusivity. This aristocratic exclusivity and influence survived the agricultural depression of the nineteenth century, before succumbing finally to the devastating effects of World War I.

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  • List of tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy : the Piedmontese nobility, 1861-1930
著作者等 Cardoza, Anthony L.
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in Italian history and culture
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1997
ページ数 xiv, 248 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521593034
NCID BA34888931
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国