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The author presents 229 documents within the context of a larger, and continuous, narrative ...
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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|Introduction. Naples: The Tragic Centuries|
|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|