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The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno
 
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The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno
Essays in Comparative History
 
 
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14 Dec 2001
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The essays collected in this volume explore the multiple connections and parallels between the histories of the American south and the Italian south. Leading historians of the two regions consider the comparability of issues as diverse as the stereotypes relating to the two souths, the ideology of the landed elites, the treatment of labourers on large landed estates, the importance of gender in the understanding of social relations, and the connections between progressive political forces and between migratory movements across the two sides of the Atlantic.


Description

The essays collected in this volume explore the multiple connections and parallels between the histories of the American south and the Italian south. Leading historians of the two regions consider the comparability of issues as diverse as the stereotypes relating to the two souths, the ideology of the landed elites, the treatment of labourers on large landed estates, the importance of gender in the understanding of social relations, and the connections between progressive political forces and between migratory movements across the two sides of the Atlantic.


Contents

Notes on the Contributors
PART I: THE TWO SOUTHS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Two Case-Studies in Comparative History: The American South and Italian Mezzogiorno; E.D.Lago & R.Halpern
The American South in Comparative Perspective; P.Kolchin
Peter Kolchin's American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno: Some Questions about Comparative History; P.Bevilacqua
PART II: LANDED ELITES AND RURAL WORKERS
On the Edge of Modernity: Louisiana's Landed Elites in the Nineteenth Century Sugar Country; R.Follett
Land-Based Modernization and the Culture of Landed Elites in the Nineteenth-Century Mezzogiorno; M.Petrusewicz
The Politics of Black Rural Labourers in the Postbellum American South; S.Hahn
'Ill-Contrived, Badly Executed [and] of No Avail'?; Reform and its Impact in the Sicilian Latifondo (C.1770-1910); L.Riall
PART III: GENDER AS A CATEGORY OF HISTORICAL COMPARISON
Gender in the Recent Historiography of the US South and some Speculations on the Prospects for Comparative History; J.W.Harris
Making Women 'Visible' in the History of the Mezzogiorno; G.Fiume
PART IV: CONNECTIONS
Radicalism and Nationalism: Northern 'Liberators' and Southern Labourers in the Untied States and in Italy; E.D.Lago
Two Great Migrations: America and Italian Southerners in Comparative Perspective; D.Gabaccia
Modernity, Backwardness and Capitalism in the two Souths; B.Levine


Authors

ENRICO DAL LAGO is Lecturer in American History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Southern Elites: American Planters and Southern Italian Noblemen, 1815-1860.

RICK HALPERN is Bissell-Heyd-Associates Chair of American Studies and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, Canada.