By Paul Ginsborg
From a war-torn and poverty-stricken nation, local and predominantly agrarian, to the good fortune tale of contemporary years, Italy has witnessed the main profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its whole background. but the opposite recurrent topic of the interval has been the overpowering want for political reform--and the repeated failure to accomplish it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to mix social and political perspectives--is fascinated with either the super achievements of up to date Italy and "the continuities of its heritage that experience now not been simply set aside."
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The fulfillment of Paul Ginsborg's great quantity is that the political drama is brilliantly interwoven with the total cultural and monetary heritage of the country... web page after web page could be learn with curiosity and enjoyment via all precise English enthusiasts of Italy. (Michael Foot, Guardian)
This is the easiest account of up to date Italian historical past on hand to the English reader. (Jonathan Morris, the days)
About the Author
Paul Ginsborg is Professor of latest ecu background on the collage of Florence. His past guides comprise Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.
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In the period from 1918 to 1926, some of the southern peasants managed to acquire land for the first time. Even so, in no region of the South did peasant 34 property become more than 10 per cent of the whole. 8 7 During the Fascist decades the southern rural population, like their counterparts elsewhere in Italy, suffered from higher taxation, falling agricultural prices, the system of the ammassi and the 'battle for grain'. But their most severe affliction was the restriction on emigration. This traditional safety-valve was severely damaged by the tightening of the American immigration Iaws and by the world economic depression.
This was a world which offered the possibility of trance and release, of mass pilgrimages and miraculous cures. 78 Side by side with these attitudes there also lay a long, evanescent history of solidarity amongst the southern peasants. There were structures in their lives which favoured this solidarity. The most important was un doubtedly the paese (the village or agro-town) itself, with its concentration of so many families in similar conditions, its absence of social mobility, its networks of street and district loyalties, its links of kinship and comparaggio (the conferring on a close friend or leader in the community of the status of godfather to one's children).
In the work patterns of the family it was noticeable how hard women worked, both in the fields and at home. , the massaia of this family, worked an estimated 500 hours per year more than any other member of the family. Household tasks were very numerous and time-consuming: fires had to be lit and maintained, food prepared, water brought into the house. Washing, including the landlord's clothes and linen, was a long and laborious task. So too was cleaning, given the constant presence of animals in the household.
A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics 1943-1988 by Paul Ginsborg