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Modern Naples: A Documentary History, 1799-1999 (Documentary History of Naples)

John Santore

Editore: Italica Press, 2001
ISBN 10: 0934977534 / ISBN 13: 9780934977531
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Titolo: Modern Naples: A Documentary History, 1799-...

Casa editrice: Italica Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2001

Legatura: Soft cover

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Riassunto: This volume traces the history of Naples in the "tragic centuries" between the collapse of the Parthenopean Republic and the restoration of the Bourbons to the end of World War II. It then picks up the history of Naples as it begins its slow recovery from the depredations of Unification, the destruction of war, and the urban corruption and environmental degradation of Italy's post-war economic "miracle." The author presents 229 documents within the context of a larger, and continuous, narrative of the city's history, society, and economy during these centuries. Sources include narrative histories, travelers' accounts and diaries; urban descriptions and analyses; the letters of famous and the ordinary citizens; newspaper and magazine articles; interviews and surveys; oral histories; official narrative, statistical reports and legislation; political oratory; novels, poetry, song, and visual arts. Topics include the image of Naples at the end of the 18th-century Grand Tour; the revolution of 1799, the Bourbon restoration and its aftermath; the social and political developments of the 19th-century leading to the revolution of 1848 and the Risorgimento; the place of Naples within a unified Italy; and the catastrophes of the 20th century, including epidemic, fascism and world wars, the rise of the Camorra, and the social and political corruption of the post-war era. The readings conclude with texts documenting recent reforms and new economic and social directions that may point to a sustained renewal of Neapolitan life. Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Notes, Chronology, Bibliography, and Index. 168 illustrations, 3 maps.

Dall'editore: Professor Santore addresses the last two centuries of Naples’ decline as an urban center and a political unit. His text therefore rests on political/diplomatic narrative and social and economic history to reconstruct the city’s "tragic centuries." The story is therefore not triumphalist in any sense. Here the reader will not find the staples of recent Neapolitan myth and memory. The "post-modern" city of song and dance, of film and painting, of poetic and philosophical expression, peopled with world-wise survivors — though discussed — is not the author’s intent. Instead a sobering image emerges that offers a faithful interpretation of the historical record and of more recent events and that poses to the reader a challenge both to ponder and to further explore.

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