ISBN-10:
0674027841
ISBN-13:
9780674027848
Pub. Date:
06/30/2008
Publisher:
Harvard
Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad

Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad

by Mark I. ChoateMark I. Choate

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Overview

Between 1880 and 1915, thirteen million Italians left their homeland, launching the largest emigration from any country in recorded world history. As the young Italian state struggled to adapt to the exodus, it pioneered the establishment of a "global nation"--an Italy abroad cemented by ties of culture, religion, ethnicity, and economics.

In this wide-ranging work, Mark Choate examines the relationship between the Italian emigrants, their new communities, and their home country. The state maintained that emigrants were linked to Italy and to one another through a shared culture. Officials established a variety of programs to coordinate Italian communities worldwide. They fostered identity through schools, athletic groups, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Italian Geographic Society, the Catholic Church, Chambers of Commerce, and special banks to handle emigrant remittances. But the projects aimed at binding Italians together also raised intense debates over priorities and the emigrants' best interests. Did encouraging loyalty to Italy make the emigrants less successful at integrating? Were funds better spent on supporting the home nation rather than sustaining overseas connections?

In its probing discussion of immigrant culture, transnational identities, and international politics, this fascinating book not only narrates the grand story of Italian emigration but also provides important background to immigration debates that continue to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674027848
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 06/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark I. Choate is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Program of Emigrant Colonialism
  • 1. From Africa to the Americas
  • 2. The Great Ethnographic Empire
  • 3. Migration and Money
  • 4. The Language of Dante
  • 5. For Religion and for the Fatherland
  • 6. Emigration and the New Nationalism
  • 7. Earthquake, Pestilence, and World War
  • Conclusion: Toward a Global Nation
  • Appendix: Maps and Figures
  • Notes

What People are Saying About This

Donna R. Gabaccia

Mark Choate succeeds in making emigration a central rather than peripheral theme of Italy's history, closely linking it to Italy's desire for imperial and cultural influence abroad and nation-building challenges at home. Readers will find especially compelling the implications of Italy's unique history for contemporary emigrant nations such as Mexico and the Philippines.

Donna R. Gabaccia, author of We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans

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