Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2020
ISBN: 9781789622034, 352 pages, £65.00
During the eighteenth-century antiquarianism became a powerful instrument for fostering the political agenda of reformist monarchies and for shaping a modern public sphere. This book analyzes how Italian elites shared their opposite visions of political reforms through the instruments of historical erudition.
- An innovative perspective on the history of modern scholarship.
- The first comprehensive book on historical culture in eighteenth-century Italy.
- A highly creative use of sources, from historical geography to dramas.
- Presents a provocative and subtle argument that sheds new light on the history of antiquarian studies.
- The book not only is based on a range of primary texts and archives, but also offers an impressively wide and deep reading of recent scholarship on the Italian eighteenth century.
Table of Contents
List of figures
Chapter 1: A country under construction
Pushing Italy (and the world) aside
Nations and patrie
Languages of Italy
Chapter 2: The importance of being erudite
The Muratorian moment
Antiquarianism and political identities
Erudition and society
Chapter 3: Institutional settings
Public policies of communication
Communication short circuits
II. Difficult transitions
Chapter 4: Naturalizing sovereignty: law and history
"The national king"
A century without Rome
Chapter 5: The land of Italian nations: space and history
Geography and politics
Chapter 6: Historical representation: collective memory and history
Hard times for state historiography
New media: heroic genealogies
National history on stage
Conclusion: an unfinished transition
Marco Cavarzere PhD in history at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, teaches early modern history at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main.
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