The Hunchback's Tailor: Giovanni Giolitti and Liberal Italy from the Challenge of Mass Politics to the Rise of Fascism, 1882-1922 (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
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Alongside Georges Clemenceau and David Lloyd George, Giovanni Giolitti (1842-1928) stands out as one of the major liberal reformers of late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe. In the first complete English-language study of Giolitti, De Grand examines the political life of Italy's most notable prime minister after Cavour. Giolitti emerges not as a transitional figure leading fledgling Italy into modern democracy, but as a staunch adherent of 19th-century elitist liberalism trying to navigate the new tide of mass politics. De Grand's careful research offers valuable insight into Giolitti as statesman and, through him, a vantage point on the development of Italy during a critical period.

Giolitti's troubled relationship with mass politics defined his years in office. A life-long bureaucrat aloof from the electorate, Giolitti introduced near universal male suffrage—even while commenting that first teaching everyone to read and write would be a more reasonable route—and tolerated labor strikes. Rather than reform the state as a concession to populism, however, Giolitti sought to accommodate the politics of the piazza under the roof of liberal parliamentarianism, first in his pursuit of coalitions with Socialist and Catholic groups, and finally, at the end of his political life, in a failed courtship with Fascism.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Apprenticeship of a Statesman 18421892
11
A Disastrous Beginning The Presidency of the Council of Ministers 18921893
33
Into the Wilderness Giolitti in Opposition 18941901
61
The ZanardelliGiolitti Government 19011903
85
Giolittis Second Ministry Doing It Right 19031905
113
The Long Ministry 19061909 The Heyday of the Giolittian System
133
Domestic Reform and War 19101914
161
A Second Political Exile 19141920
197
Giolitti and the Crisis of the Liberal State 19201928
229
Conclusion
269
Selected Bibliography
275
Index
285
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About the author (2001)

ALEXANDER DE GRAND is professor of history at North Carolina State University.

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