Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility, 1861-1930
This book provides a full account of the Italian nobility in the post-unification era. It challenges interpretations which have stressed the rapid fusion of old and new elites in Italy and the marginality of the nobility after 1861, and instead highlights the continuing economic strength, social power and political influence of Italy's most prominent regional aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles were able to develop more indirect forms of influence to satisfy their hunger for leadership based on something older than constitutions or electoral politics. They remained a largely separate group within local society, distinguished by their attachment to the values of lineage, military service, landownership, and social exclusivity. This aristocratic exclusivity and influence survived the agricultural depression of the nineteenth century, before succumbing finally to the devastating effects of World War I.
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Accademia Militare agricultural Archivio aristo aristocratic aristocratic families army assets Avogadro della Motta Avogadro di Collobiano Barolo Bertone di Sambuy bourgeois bourgeoisie Bricherasio Carlo Alberto College Casalborgone club Collegio Collegno Collobiano Compans di Brichanteau Costa della Trinità Count Carlo cratic d'Azeglio d'Harcourt decades economic Emanuele estates exclusive Falletti di Barolo Ferrero feudal fortunes hectares House of Savoy ibid Incisa della Rocchetta instance Italian Italy Kingdom of Sardinia landed landowners lineage Manno Marchese Carlo marriage military monarchy nineteenth century nobility's nobiltà noble families non-nobles officer corps old families old titled families palace Pallavicino-Mossi patrimony patriziato subalpino percent Piedmont Piedmontese aristocrats Piedmontese nobility political Pralormo prestige prominent Provana province province of Cuneo province of Turin province of Vercelli Riunite role rural properties social Società del Whist society Solaro della Margarita status titled nobility Torino traditional Turin urban URST Valperga Valperga di Masino Vercelli Vittorio Whist World