Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility, by Anthony L. Cardoza

By Anthony L. Cardoza

This publication presents the 1st complete account of the Italian Sobility within the post-unification period, and demanding situations fresh interpretations that experience under pressure the quick fusion of outdated and new elites via highlighting the ongoing monetary power, social strength and political effect of Italy's such a lot admired neighborhood aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles constructed extra oblique different types of effect, whereas closing a separate and specific crew with constrained social contacts with commercial or managerial elites, until eventually global warfare I reworked their outdated lifestyle.

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87 The nobility once again enjoyed a dominant place within the army officer corps after 1814 as well. In his description of the Piedmontese military in the earlier years of the Restoration, Ferdinando Pinelli noted that the highest ranks were occupied by "haughty generals, all of noble birth, who . . "88 The published Elenco Militare, 1818 reflected a command structure within the army that remained firmly in the hands of men from a few old-line families, who simultaneously occupied powerful positions in the civilian administration and at court.

52 Still, such continuities should not obscure the extent to which the revolutionary war and the ensuing Napoleonic occupation disrupted 50 51 52 See Berdahl, The Politics of the Prussian Nobility. See, for instance, Cobban, The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution; Lucas, "Nobles, Bourgeois, and the Origins of the French Revolution," pp. 84—126; Furet, Interpreting the French Revolution; Chaussinand-Nogaret, Une histoire des elites, 1700—1848. For a summary of the arguments and evidence, see Capra, "Nobili, notabili, elites," pp.

The five biggest landowners in the province of Vercelli were the Falletti di Barolo, Dal Pozzo della Cisterna, Avogadro di Casanova, Valperga di Masino, and Mossi di Moirano. Some of the major landed families in the Cunese included the Costa della Trinita, Seyssel d'Aix, and Oreglia di Novello. For data on landownership, I have consulted AST, Sez. Riunite, "Catasto Francese," provinces of Vercelli and Cuneo. ARISTOCRATS IN BOURGEOIS ITALY 33 with non-nobles. At the same time, the French occupation introduced new ideological divisions, pitting diehard aristocrats who remained tenaciously loyal to the Savoyard royal family against those who came to terms with the new Napoleonic order.

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