Modern Naples

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"Modern Naples" traces the history of Naples in the "tragic centuries" between the collapse of the Parthenopean Republic and the restoration of the Bourbons to the end of World War II. It then picks up the history of Naples as it began its slow and uncertain recovery from the depredations of Unification, the destruction of war, and the urban corruption and environmental degradation of Italy's post-war economic "miracle."

The author presents 229 documents within the context of a larger, and continuous, narrative ...

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Overview

"Modern Naples" traces the history of Naples in the "tragic centuries" between the collapse of the Parthenopean Republic and the restoration of the Bourbons to the end of World War II. It then picks up the history of Naples as it began its slow and uncertain recovery from the depredations of Unification, the destruction of war, and the urban corruption and environmental degradation of Italy's post-war economic "miracle."

The author presents 229 documents within the context of a larger, and continuous, narrative of the city's history, society, and economy during these centuries. Sources include narrative histories, travelers' accounts and diaries; urban descriptions and analyses; the letters of famous and the ordinary citizens; newspaper and magazine articles; interviews and surveys; oral histories; official narrative, statistical reports and legislation; political oratory; novels, poetry, song, and visual arts.

Topics include the image of Naples at the end of the 18th-century Grand Tour; the revolution of 1799, the Bourbon restoration and its aftermath; the social and political developments of the 19th-century leading to the revolution of 1848 and the Risorgimento; the place of Naples within a unified Italy; and the catastrophes of the 20th century, including epidemic, fascism and world wars, the rise of the Camorra, and the social and political corruption of the post-war era. The readings conclude with texts documenting recent reforms and new economic and social directions that could point to a sustained renewal of Neapolitan life.

Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Notes, Chronology, Bibliography, and Index.
168 illustrations, 3 maps.

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Table of Contents

List of Documents
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction. Naples: The Tragic Centuries
Notes
Pt. I Foundations
1 Naples at the Close of the 18th Century 1
Pt. II The Bourbon Capital, 1799-1860
2 The Revolution of 1799 17
3 Joseph I and Murat, 1806-1815 47
4 Restoration and Reaction, 1815-1848 97
5 The Revolution of 1848 137
6 The Risorgimento, 1848-1861 159
Pt. III Naples in Italy, 1861-1999
7 The Early Years, 1861-1914 187
8 The Era of Catastrophes, 1914-1943 219
9 The Incomplete Recovery, 1943-1999 245
Chronology 278
Bibliography 291
Maps 300
Index 303
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