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Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy - Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture (Hardback)
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Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy - Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 03/10/1996
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Numbers and Nationhood, first published in 1996, explores the Italian inflection of a Europe-wide phenomenon in the nineteenth century: the rise of statistics as a mode of representation in society. Silvana Patriarca examines the ideologies which informed the copious statistical literature produced between the 1820s, when statistical publications began to proliferate in the Italian states, and the 1870s, when a unified Italy entered a fully positivistic era. Her innovative study illuminates the relationship between the needs of an emerging nation and the uses to which statistics were put, generating a long-lasting image of Italy which nevertheless accentuated its internal territorial divisions. By examining the power of numerical representations, Numbers and Nationhood provides a fresh reading of the historiography of Risorgimento Italy and of positivism, bringing to the fore issues of science, ideology, and representation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521462969
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


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'... an important contribution to the broader task of examining the interplay of culture and politics that shaped the national question during the Risorgimento'. Modern Italy
' ... fascinating ... offers remarkably effective keys for rereading the interplay of science, culture and politics in the formation of bourgeois public opinion in Italy in the age of Unification. ... brilliant and fascinating reconstruction of the subtexts of debates to which cultural and intellectual historians of the Risorgimento have previously paid little attention ... combines thoughtful new research and concepts to develop an original, coherent and stimulating thesis from which all historians on nineteenth-century Italy will have much to learn'. Journal of Modern Italian Studies
' ... this important and intelligent book ... is a vital contribution to the historiography of Italian nationalism ... suggests ways in which the new cultural history and the more traditional social and political history can complement and enrich each other. In this respect, its importance also transcends the boundaries of the Italian peninsula.' Economic History Review
"Patriarca's book makes a fine and useful contribution to scholarly understanding of the development of statistics in the political world of unifying and unified Italy." Carl Ipsen, American Historical Review
"...impressive integration of intellectual, administrative, and political history..." Libby Schweber, Jrnl of Interdisciplinary History
"Silvan Patriarca's Numbers and Nationhood is an important contribution to a dynamic and growing literature on the history of European statistical writings in the modern period. The great virtue of Patriarca's work is thus to illustrate the variety of ideological positions that oriented themselves around statistical portraits of the Italian nation in the nineteenth century, remaining ever attentive to the complexity of that elusive nexus between knowledge and power in the modern world." Joshua Cole, Journal of Modern History

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