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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period, and demanding situations fresh interpretations that experience under pressure the fast fusion of outdated and new elites through highlighting the continued fiscal power, social energy and political impression of Italy's so much sought after nearby aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles constructed extra oblique types of impact, whereas closing a separate and unique crew with restricted social contacts with business or managerial elites, till international struggle I remodeled their outdated lifestyle.

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O n the difficulties experienced by the patriciates of Venice, Milan, and Florence, see Davis, " T h e Decline of the Venetian Nobility," pp. 3 4 - 1 2 5 ; Roberts, "Lombardy," pp. 6 0 - 8 3 ; Stumpo, " I ceti dirigenti in Italia," pp. 191-197; Bulferetti, " I piemontesi p i u ricchi,"pp. 57-83. Woolf, "Economic Problems of the Nobility," p . 283. 26 THE PIEDMONTESE NOBILITY: 16OO-1848 SURVIVAL AND ADAPTATION IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY ERA The situation of Piedmontese aristocrats, however, differed from that of their Prussian counterparts in at least two key respects: first, in the limited power they exercised over their peasants and, second, in their geographical and cultural proximity to France.

See Bianchi, Storia della monarchia piemontese, 1, p. 431. See Loriga, "L'identita militare," 445. See Barberis, Le armi del principe, p p . 1 8 8 - 1 9 0 . For a m o r e general statistical analysis of the military courtiers, see Loriga, "L'identita militare," 457. See Barberis, "Continuita aristocratica e tradizione militare," p p . 5 8 8 - 5 8 9 . For a fuller treatment of the aristocratic resistance to late-eighteenth-century military reforms, see Barberis, Le armi del principe, p p . 170—205, "Continuita aristocratica e tradizione militare," p p .

For a complete listing of office holders in the Kingdom of Sardinia, see AST, Prima Sezione, the annual Palma Verde for the years 1815 to 1824, and the Calendario Generale del R e g n o from 1825 to 1847. 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 .

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