9780521893848

The Political Economy of Shopkeeping in Milan, 1886–1922

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    9780521893848

  • ISBN10:

    0521893844

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-09
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

From the mid1880s a shopkeeper movement developed in Milan, centred around a shopkeeper newspaper, a federation of shopkeeper trade associations, and a shopkeeper bank. In 1904 shopkeeper representatives initiated a sequence of events that led to the fall of the first radical-socialist administration within the city. The author explains these events with reference to the business of shopkeeping itself. He analyses the trades, techniques, tax structure and topography of the Milanese retail sector, and traces the history of the contest between shops and cooperatives and the shopkeepers changing relationship with his employees and with his clientele. The final chapter confronts the crucial question of why the Milanese shopkeepers were to be found on the political right in the years leading up to the Fascist takeover. This is the first book to deal with any aspect of the Italian petite bourgeoisie.

Table of Contents

List of figures
x
List of tables
xii
Acknowledgements xiv
Introduction: shopkeeping as a historical problem 1(11)
The business of shopkeeping in Milan, 1859--1915
12(24)
The context of shopkeeping: trades and techniques
36(28)
The economic geography of shopkeeping: the role of the dazio consumo
64(25)
The esercenti enter the political arena
89(14)
Constructing the esercenti movement, 1886--1890
103(18)
The esercenti and the depression, 1890--1897
121(19)
Shopkeepers, cooperatives and the politics of privilege
140(25)
Milan and the national small-business movement, 1886--1898
165(11)
The allargamento debate, 1895--1897
176(16)
The end-of-century crisis and the enlargement of the dazio belt
192(15)
Shopkeeping in the new century
207(18)
Labour relations and class politics
225(13)
The esercenti and the centre-left administration, 1900--1905
238(27)
Shopkeepers and Socialists 1905--1922
265(20)
Conclusion: identity and autonomy 285(8)
Bibliography 293(11)
Index 304

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