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Merchants and reform in Livorno, 1814-1868 [electronic resource] /
David G. LoRomer.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1987.
x, 389 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
0520056493 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1987.
0520056493 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 359-381.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-09:
LoRomer analyzes the collective public activities of the merchant elite in the Italian city of Livorno between 1814 and 1868 and relates those efforts to broader interpretive questions of Italian unification. Drawing upon published and unpublished sources, the author shows for the first time that Livorno's merchants launched a series of modest initiatives to promote economic prosperity and social stability. However, these efforts were cut short by the revolution of 1848 that shattered the commercial elite's optimism and its commitment to reform. The author concludes that Livorno conforms to the ``passive revolution'' paradigm that was advanced by the influential Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci to explain the limitations of Italian nation building. This sharply focused monograph makes an original if somewhat limited contribution to Italian history and to an understanding of the European middle classes. A useful work for faculty and graduate students, LoRomer's clearly written study is a must for major collections. It is recommended but not essential for libraries catering primarily to undergraduates.-J.P. McKay, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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