Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy Since 1800

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The Italian peasantry has often been described as tragic, backward, hopeless, downtrodden, static, and passive. In "Fate and Honor, Family and Village," Rudolph Bell argues against the characterizationmore by reconstructing the complete demographic history of four country villages since 1800. He analyzes births, marriages, and deaths in terms of four concepts that capture mroe accurately and sympathetically the essence of the Italian peasant life: "fortuna "(fate), "onore" (honor, dignity), "famiglia" (family), and ...

Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy Since 1800 1979, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226042084

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