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Under the volcano : empire and revolution in a Sicilian town /
Lucy Riall.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
description
xvi, 278 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
019964649X (hbk.), 9780199646494 (hbk.)
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
isbn
019964649X (hbk.)
9780199646494 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8785079
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-270) and index.
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... beautifully crafted and sophisticated example of microhistory ...
In Under the Volcano, Lucy Riall tells the extraordinary story of the estate on the slopes of Mount Etna given to Admiral Horatio Nelson and his heirs by the King of Naples in gratitude for his help in protecting the Kingdom against Napoleon. From then on an informal part of the British Empire, Nelson's estate quickly became entangled in a web of conflict pitting British Imperial arrogance against an impoverished and refractory peasantry that culminated in a famous localuprising during the unification of Italy in 1860. Rich in anecdote and drama, enthralling and entertaining, this book is destined to become a classic example of the new microhistory that finds 'the global in the local' and links a seemingly small-scale study to large historical issues of empire, revolt,nationalism, and revolution.
Lucy Riall came across the Duchy of Bronte archive in Palermo some years ago. This magnificent book is the outcome of what she found there and an object lesson in how to make history readable, exciting, funny and insightful.
Riall's book is magnificent both in narrative flow and analytic clarity
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Main Description
During the momentous events that shook Italy in 1860 as the nation was unified, there was a murderous riot in the Sicilian town of Bronte on the slopes of Mount Etna. Thereafter, Bronte became a symbol - of the limits of the liberal Risorgimento and of the persistence of foreign domination: descendants of Admiral Horatio Nelson had the largest landholding in the town and the British were said to have put pressure on Garibaldi to crush the uprising, which his lieutenant did with brutality. Lucy Riall has used the discovery of a new archive to transform brilliantly this episode into an ambitious exploration of much larger themes. Relaying an often brutal tale of poverty, injustice, and mismanagement, her powerful and engaging narrative also opens windows onto the true meaning of the British presence. Bronte's story becomes one that is also about Britain's policy towards Italy and Europe in the nineteenth century, and about colonial rule overseas in the age of Empire. It shows what happened when these two different aspects of British power bumped into each other in one Sicilian town.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A peasant revolt in Sicily is the starting point for a detailed, intimate account of the people who lived in the community - a fiercely proud local gentry and a British family, the largest landowners in the area. The story is used to examine Britain's policy towards Europe in the 19th century and colonial rule overseas in the age of Empire.
Long Description
During the momentous events that shook Italy in 1860 as the nation was unified, there was a murderous riot in the Sicilian town of Bronte on the slopes of Mount Etna. Thereafter, Bronte became a symbol - of the limits of the liberal Risorgimento and of the persistence of foreign domination: descendants of Admiral Horatio Nelson had the largest landholding in the town and the British were said to have put pressure on Garibaldi to crush the uprising, which his lieutenant did withbrutality.Lucy Riall has used the discovery of a new archive to transform brilliantly this episode into an ambitious exploration of much larger themes. Relaying an often brutal tale of poverty, injustice, and mismanagement, her powerful and engaging narrative also opens windows onto the true meaning of the British presence. Bronte's story becomes one that is also about Britain's policy towards Italy and Europe in the nineteenth century, and about colonial rule overseas in the age of Empire. It showswhat happened when these two different aspects of British power bumped into each other in one Sicilian town.
Table of Contents
Preface
Prologue: 1860
The Duchy
Apotheosis
The Dream
Nelson versus Bronte
Revolution
Viva l'Italia
North and South
Epilogue: The Long Goodbye
Appendix
Bibliography
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