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Charity and Power in Early Modern Italy by Sandra Cavallo
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Sep 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, comps-eme, history, non-fiction, history-early-modern, history-italy
Read in September, 2009

Love this book. LOVE IT. Some missteps in chapter 4 (charity and gender), which was never quite properly integrated thematically into the rest of the work, but otherwise an excellent study. Effectively does what it says on the tin: examines charitable institutions and networks in early modern Turin (1541-1789), with an eye to the motivations of benefactors in the amount and type of donations given, and the manner in which it was dispensed. Draws on local politics and shifting mentalités to explain the changes in forms of charity (from outdoor relief, to baroque hospitals, to the notorious eighteenth-century workhouse), but could do better in uncovering the demography that might have impelled the development of attitudes.

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