Society and the Professions in Italy, 1860-1914

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This is the first social and cultural study of the principal 'free' professions in Italy between unification and the First World War. It is a major contribution both to the history of the bourgeoisie in Italy and to the developing role of professions in modern European society. The first section discusses the formation of modern Italian engineering, notarial occupations, law, and medicine. The second section provides an analysis of the interrelation between the professions, the nobility and Parliament, and examines the social status of members of the professions.
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"...a thematically unified collection of excellent essays putting the Italian experience into a wider European context." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...[Malatesta] does a subtle and nuanced job integrating the international theoretical framework with the peculiarities of Italian developments. Her introduction and most of the individual essays indicate a high level of sophistication and a cosmopolitan awareness of comparable research going on elsewhere. The translation of this volume is clear and fluent....Most students of modern European social history, and not just specialists on professions, would benefit from reading this well-researched and carefully argued volume." American Historical Review

"Malatesta and her colleagues have produced an excellent, scholarly work in the comparative sociological/historical tradition. It will be of major importance for all those interested in state-profession relationships, in professionalism, and in the specific Italian forms of professional development." American Journal of Sociology

"...filled with important details and occasionally offer provocative generalizations.... This is a book that repays the effort of close reading." Rudolph M. Bell, Journal of Social History

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Italian professions from a comparative perspective
1 Universities and professions
2 A jurist for united Italy: the training and culture of Neapolitan lawyers in the nineteenth century
3 Officials and professionals. Notaries, the state and the market principle
4 Between the state and the market: physicians in liberal Italy
5 The engineering profession 1802-1923
6 Italian professionals: markets, incomes, estates and identities
7 Aristocracy and professions
8 The professions in parliament
9 Professionals in politics. Clientelism and networks
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