By Anthony L. Cardoza

This ebook offers the 1st complete account of the Italian Sobility within the post-unification period, and demanding situations contemporary interpretations that experience under pressure the speedy fusion of previous and new elites by means of highlighting the continued financial energy, social energy and political impression of Italy's such a lot fashionable nearby aristocracy. In Piedmont, the nobles built extra oblique kinds of effect, whereas closing a separate and specific crew with constrained social contacts with commercial or managerial elites, till global conflict I reworked their outdated lifestyle.

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At the same time, successful commoners effectively recognized the social supremacy of the nobility through their pursuit of fiefs and titles and their emulation of aristocratic values and comportment. The anti-aristocratic reforms of Vittorio Amedeo II contributed in no small way to this state of affairs by leaving the nobility's privileged status largely intact, by leavening their ranks with fresh wealth and talent, and by forcing them to employ more efficient methods of estate management. 49 46 47 48 49 pp.

Vm (Turin, 1817), pp. i64ffas cited in Genta, "Eclettismo della Restaurazione,"p. 358. See Genta, "Eclettismo giuridico della Restaurazione," pp. 352—356. Sauli d'Igliano, Reminiscenze della propria vita, vol. 1, p . 361. O n the mechanisms of preferment and the nobility, see Cognasso, "Nobilta e borghesia," pp. 2 2 8 - 2 2 9 . O n the family connections of C o u n t Clemente Solaro della Margarita and his rapid rise within t h e Ministry of Foreign Affairs after 1814, for instance, see Lovera and Rinieri, Clemente Solaro della Margarita, vol.

1, pp. 3—72. Symcox, Victor Amadeus /I, p . 203 provides a brief discussion of the limited impact of the perequazione. Woolf, "Economic Problems of the Nobility," p . 277 and "Studi sulla nobilta piemontese," pp. 2 5 - 5 0 . 22 THE PIEDMONTESE NOBILITY: 16OO-1848 Aristocratic landowners not only consolidated and expanded their properties; they also found various ways to increase their profitability, and thereby compensate themselves for the loss of their old fiscal exemptions. Initially, their response took the form of a feudal reaction entailing intensified exploitation of the peasant labor force.

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