Palgrave Studies in Oral History

Biography of an Industrial Town

Terni, Italy, 1831–2014

Authors: Portelli, Alessandro

  • Written by the leading oral historian of labor movements in America and Europe
  • Appeals to scholars and students of oral history, anthropology, Italian History and social history
  • Provides an analysis of a small, Italian town’s transformation through the industrial revolution to its post-industrial crisis
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A pioneering work in oral history, this book tells the story of the rise and fall of the industrial revolution and the apogee and crisis of the labor movement through an oral history of Terni, a steel town in Central Italy and the seat of the first large industrial enterprise in Italy. This story is told through a combination of stories, songs, myths and memories from over 200 voices of five generations, woven with a wealth of archival material. 

About the authors

Alessandro Portelli is a former professor of Anglo-American Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. He is the winner of the prestigious Viareggio Prize as well as an Oral History Association book award for The Order Has Been Carried Out (Palgrave, 2003). 

Reviews

“This book is a masterpiece. First and foremost, it’s a ground-breaking, exemplary work of oral history. As well, it’s an extraordinary, highly readable micro-history of a single industrial town, and in many ways, of the industrial period itself. And this is a beautiful book about memory—how memory works, and how it interacts with politics, identity, and resistance. It should be recommended reading for anyone studying these topics.” (John Foot, Professor of Modern Italian History, University of Bristol, UK)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Speaking, Writing, and Remembering

    Portelli, Alessandro

    Pages 3-14

  • The Red and the Black: Rebels, Patriots, and Outlaws

    Portelli, Alessandro

    Pages 15-31

  • How Green Was My Valley: Feudal Landlords and Struggling Peasants

    Portelli, Alessandro

    Pages 33-49

  • How Steel Was Tempered: The Making of a Working Class

    Portelli, Alessandro

    Pages 51-89

  • Rebels: Socialists, Anarchists, and the Subversive Tradition

    Portelli, Alessandro

    Pages 91-111

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50897-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biography of an Industrial Town
Book Subtitle
Terni, Italy, 1831–2014
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50898-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50898-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50897-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 400
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