Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility, by Anthony L. Cardoza

By Anthony L. Cardoza

This ebook offers the 1st complete account of the Italian Sobility within the post-unification period, and demanding situations contemporary interpretations that experience under pressure the swift fusion of previous and new elites through highlighting the continued monetary energy, social strength and political effect of Italy's such a lot favourite nearby aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles built extra oblique sorts of effect, whereas last a separate and particular staff with constrained social contacts with business or managerial elites, till global struggle I remodeled their previous lifestyle.

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On the contrary, the loss ofjuridical privileges accentuated the social prejudices and pretensions of old families who now tended to treat the middle classes with even greater condescension. Contemporary observers in the first half of the century commented frequently on the persistence of old social barriers which they attributed to aristocratic arrogance and snobbery.

169-170; Marchisio, "Ideologia e p r o blemi delTeconomia familiare," 9 8 - 1 0 1 . See Pugliese, "Produzione, salari e redditi," p p . 21—88. Bulferetti, " I piemontesi piu ricchi," p p . 7 7 - 7 9 . ARISTOCRATS IN BOURGEOIS ITALY 23 tinued to enjoy a range of exclusive rights and privileges. The reforms of Vittorio Amedeo II effectively destroyed any lingering pretensions of the nobility to independent political power, but they did not eliminate all their fiscal exemptions; in fact, the nobility and clergy still owned more than a fifth of the land in Piedmont taxfree after 1731.

1 1 2 - 1 1 3 . See D o n n a d'Oldenico, L'Accademia di Agricoltura di Torino, p p . 1 5 - 1 8 , 3 6 - 3 7 ; Woolf, "Studi sulla nobilta piemontese," p p . 169-170; Marchisio, "Ideologia e p r o blemi delTeconomia familiare," 9 8 - 1 0 1 . See Pugliese, "Produzione, salari e redditi," p p . 21—88. Bulferetti, " I piemontesi piu ricchi," p p . 7 7 - 7 9 . ARISTOCRATS IN BOURGEOIS ITALY 23 tinued to enjoy a range of exclusive rights and privileges. The reforms of Vittorio Amedeo II effectively destroyed any lingering pretensions of the nobility to independent political power, but they did not eliminate all their fiscal exemptions; in fact, the nobility and clergy still owned more than a fifth of the land in Piedmont taxfree after 1731.

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