Crime, Disorder, and the Risorgimento: The Politics of Policing in Bologna - Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture (Hardback)Steven C. Hughes (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
"...he expands our knowledge of the politics of policing in the nineteenth century and lends empirical support to John Davis' argument about the extent to which the relationship between politics and policing was a casual factor in the making of a united Italy....a welcome contribution beyond the series in which it appears..." Italian Politics and Society
At no point does the wealth of archival material he mined, or his close examination of the style and fluctuating intensity of Bolognese crime and disorder, obscure the core theses he presents....the work is finely written and the chapter-ending conclusions are models of clarity. This monograph demonstrates the need for similar regional studies." The Catholic Historical Review
"This well-researched, carefully crafted book makes an important contribution to the historical literature on modern Italy. It will also be read with profit by scholars of comparative nineteenth-century social history and criminology." American Historical Review
"...the arguments are provocative and cogent ones which will force historians of the Risorgimento to look beyond the political activities of the liberals and radicals, and consider how the failure of governments in the peninsula to address the concerns of public safety was a significant factor in directing elites toward a unitary solution for Italy. Hughes has produced a model study written with verve and persuasiveness which merits a prominent space among the studies emerging on social disorder and criminality in nineteenth-century Europe." Marion S. Miller, Journal of Modern Italian Studies
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