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Anti-Italianism in sixteenth-century France /
Henry Heller.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
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ix, 307 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802036899
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
isbn
0802036899
catalogue key
4770573
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-294) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Henry Heller is a professor in the department of history at the University of Manitoba.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Wallace K. Ferguson Award, CAN, 2006 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
Heller (Univ. of Manitoba) provides the first systematic examination of the powerful anti-Italianism in France during the late 16th century. To show its causes, he explores the extent of Italian involvement in the French economy, politics, and church, and notes that prior to the St. Bartholomew's Massacre an anti-Italian riot occurred in Paris, and Italians, not Huguenots, easily could have been the victims in August 1572. Heller then turns to the vast anti-Italian literature during the 30 years of religious war. All three factions--Huguenots, moderate Catholics, and Catholic Leaguers--blamed the Italians, led by Queen mother Catherine de Medici, for the civil wars and heavy tax burden. When the Italians lost their principal protector with her death in 1589 and many had intermarried with French families, French anti-Italianism began to disappear. The book demonstrates the strength of ethnocentric hostility toward a successful foreign minority and shows how similar anti-Italian rhetoric was to that used against Jews. Based on an impressive range of primary sources, the book has valuable insights into 16th-century French economic, fiscal, and political systems and the French people's self-understanding. With extensive notes and bibliography, this is a major contribution to the study of ethnic relations. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. J. Baumgartner Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Sixteenth century Europe, like the late twentieth century, did not escape the ravages of ethnic discord. In an examination of the Italian presence in France under the Valois and Bourbon monarchs, Henry Heller explores how the economic power of Italian merchants, bankers, and ecclesiastics provoked a hostile reaction from French humanists, lawyers, and nobles that eventually spread to the Huguenots and the urban Catholic population. He also discusses the important role of anti-Italian xenophobia in the events surrounding the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the Estates-General of Blois in 1576-77, the Catholic League revolt, and the triumph of Henri IV.Heller links the cultural, moral, and political aspects of anti-Italianism with the rise of economic nationalism among the emergent French middle class. He also sheds light on the origins of the social construction of European anti-Semitism by showing how the language and rhetoric employed by the French against the Italians was similar to that used against Jews elsewhere in Europe. As one of the few studies of ethnic conflict within Renaissance Europe, this ground-breaking work will be indispensable to all scholars of European politics, ethnicity, economics, and history, as well as all those interested in the roots of today's ethnic tensions.
Description for Reader
Sixteenth century Europe, like the late twentieth century, did not escape the ravages of ethnic discord. In an examination of the Italian presence in France under the Valois and Bourbon monarchs, Henry Heller explores how the economic power of Italian merchants, bankers, and ecclesiastics provoked a hostile reaction from French humanists, lawyers, and nobles that eventually spread to the Huguenots and the urban Catholic population. He also discusses the important role of anti-Italian xenophobia in the events surrounding the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the Estates-General of Blois in 1576-77, the Catholic League revolt, and the triumph of Henri IV. Heller links the cultural, moral, and political aspects of anti-Italianism with the rise of economic nationalism among the emergent French middle class. He also sheds light on the origins of the social construction of European anti-Semitism by showing how the language and rhetoric employed by the French against the Italians was similar to that used against Jews elsewhere in Europe. As one of the few studies of ethnic conflict within Renaissance Europe, this ground-breaking work will be indispensable to all scholars of European politics, ethnicity, economics, and history, as well as all those interested in the roots of today's ethnic tensions.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Nationalism and Xenophobia in Early Modern Contextp. 7
Italians and the French Reformation: Lyons, 1562p. 28
The Italians at Lyons: Usury and Heresyp. 51
The Italians and the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacrep. 80
Background to a Massacre: The Italian Courtiers and Bankersp. 93
Anti-Italian Discoursesp. 114
The Estates of Bloisp. 137
The Court Italians and the Gathering Stormp. 160
The Flight of the Italiansp. 183
The Last of the Italiansp. 206
Conclusionp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 295
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