Feuding, Conflict and Banditry in Nineteenth-Century Corsica

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Corsica is associated in many people's minds with vendetta and banditry, but these phenomena have not been studied systematically. Using accounts by visitors and officials and particularly judicial records, this book provides such a study for the nineteenth century. Accounts of specific feuds lasting over many generations are given, including that which inspired Mérimée's Colomba, and the whole phenomenon is set in its proper context of competition for scarce material resources and power in a traditional ...

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Overview

Corsica is associated in many people's minds with vendetta and banditry, but these phenomena have not been studied systematically. Using accounts by visitors and officials and particularly judicial records, this book provides such a study for the nineteenth century. Accounts of specific feuds lasting over many generations are given, including that which inspired Mérimée's Colomba, and the whole phenomenon is set in its proper context of competition for scarce material resources and power in a traditional agro-pastoral society. Attitudes to death and the dead are examined, and reveal a divergence between local practice and belief and official Christianity, and the persistence of the notion that the spirit of the slain requires to be placated with blood. A general theme is the impact upon an isolated traditional society, and its system of sanctions, of incorporation into a modern state with courts and police.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521522649
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Corsica in the nineteenth century; 2. The history and incidence of feuds; 3. Conflict and its causes: conflicts of material interest; 4. Conflict and its causes: conflicts of honour; 5. Conflict and its causes: intrafamilial conflict; 6. Conflict and its causes: inter-community conflict; 7. Obligation and organization in the feud; 8. Immunity and disruption; 9. Concilation and peacemaking; 10. Feuding and the courts; 11. Patronage and political conflict; 12. Banditry; 13. Death and the dead; 14. Conclusion; Appendices; List of abbreviations; Notes; Sources and bibliography; Index.

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