Politics of Culture in Liberal Italy: From Unification to Fascism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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With chapters on theatre and opera, architecture and urban planning, the medieval revival and the rediscovery of the Etruscan and Roman past, The Politics of Culture in Liberal Italy analyzes Italians' changing relationship to their new nation state and the monarchy, the conflicts between the peninsula's ancient elites and the rising middle class, and the emergence of new belief systems and of scientific responses to the experience of modernity.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
List of Biographical Boxesp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Political and Social Conflict
Notabili: The Local Persistence of the Old Régimep. 21
The Theatre of Social Change: The Opera Industry and the End of Social Privilegep. 47
Money and Culturep. 66
Writing the Past
The Middle Class and the Historicising of the Presentp. 87
Medieval Revivalp. 103
Etruscans, Romans and Italiansp. 128
The City, the Nation and European Culture
Urban Space and Civic Culture: Representing City and Nationp. 163
Margherita: Umbertian Italy and its Monarchyp. 197
"Viva Rossini-Morte a Wagner"? From Campanilismo to the Futurep. 221
Conclusions and Epilogue: Modernity, the Political Power of Culture and the Collapse of Liberal Democracyp. 263
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 405
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