New History of the Italian South: The Mezzogiorno Revisited

New History of the Italian South: The Mezzogiorno Revisited

by Robert Lumley
     
 

This collection of essays brings together the work of a new generation of revisionist historians who argue that the true history of Southern Italy has been reduced to that of a 'Southern problem' viewed through a Northern prism. These scholars suggest that the South was not a 'backward' region, but a combination of regions in which different social and economic

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This collection of essays brings together the work of a new generation of revisionist historians who argue that the true history of Southern Italy has been reduced to that of a 'Southern problem' viewed through a Northern prism. These scholars suggest that the South was not a 'backward' region, but a combination of regions in which different social and economic patterns had evolved in response to the prevailing conditions within the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
 
The book employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine not only the concrete history of the South, but also the discourses and images in which it has been framed. It is the first publication in English devoted to the new history of Southern Italy, and brings together many of the leading figures in the revisionist movement, as well as some of their critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859895064
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lumley is Professor of Italian Cultural History, University College London. He is editor, with Jonathan Morris, of The New History of the Italian South: The Mezzogiorno Revisited (UEP, 1997) and, with D. Forgacs, of Italian Cultural Studies (OUP, 1996).

Table of Contents

Chronology of events in southern Italy, 1799-1915

Challenging "Meridionalismo" - constructing a new history for southern Italy 
    Jonathan Morris
The demise of "Latifondismo"
    Marta Petrusewocz
Local power in southern Italy 
    Paolo Pezzino
The southern metropolis - redistributive circuits in 19th-century Naples
    Paolo Marcy
Images of the south - the "Mezzogiorno" as seen by insiders and outsiders
    Gabriella Gribaudi
Stereotypes of the Italian south, 1860-1900
    John Dickie
The nationalism of politics and the politicization of the nation in liberal Italy
    Fulvio Cammarano

 

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