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Crime, Disorder, and the Risorgimento

Crime, Disorder, and the Risorgimento
The Politics of Policing in Bologna


Part of Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893817

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  • This 1994 book provides a meticulous examination of the ideology, structure, and functions of papal police as they operated in the city and province of Bologna in the period before Italian unity. In doing so, it also offers an important new perspective on the Risorgimento in the region. The author argues that after the Restoration the papal government maintained much of Napoleon's police apparatus in order to enhance its absolute power as an administrative monarchy; but the new police soon found themselves incapable of dealing effectively with the prevailing problems of the day, including political conspiracy, rampant unemployment, widespread poverty, and endemic crime in city and countryside alike. In 1828 and 1847 the papal government was forced to allow Bologna's elites to arm themselves in posse-style 'citizen patrols'. On each occasion the patrols became a rallying point of reform and, eventually, revolution.

    • A contribution to our understanding of the pre-history and causes of the Italian Risorgimento
    • Studies crime, disorder and policing in a single city/area in order to show how these can affect politics and social and political control
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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893817
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Setting the stage: Bologna, the ancien regime, and Napoleon
    2. Consalvi's troops
    3. Functions and failures
    4. Public order and the revolution of 1831
    5. Reform and failure
    6. Reform and revolution
    7. The search for stability and the turn to Piedmont
    8. Epilogue: risorgimento, freedom, and repression
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Steven C. Hughes

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