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Far from the Church Bells : Settlement and Society in an Apulian Town - Anthony H. Galt

Far from the Church Bells

Settlement and Society in an Apulian Town

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Published: 26th April 1991
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This book is a historical and anthropological study of Locorotondo in the Province of Bari in southeastern Italy. It focuses on the unusual nature of peasant society in the region and attempts to explain how it came about. What distinguishes Locorotondo and the neighboring towns is that peasants live dispersed in the countryside rather than in densely populated rural towns, the pattern more typical for southern Italy. The people are mainly small proprietor grape growers, and have traditionally been better off than other southern Italian peasants. The book traces the development pattern from the eighteenth century. Interweaving anthropological understanding with historical data, the author assesses its effect on family life, social structure, and the relationship between town and country.

"Galt's book provides an excellent, well-documented account of a different system of land contract and its consequences on settlement in Southern Italy." Nicholas J. Esposito, American Historical Review

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Remembered Present
Work and the crowded countryside
Inside Locorotondo
The Documented Past
Settlement and economy under the waning old order
Society and terminal feudalism
Rural settlement in the nineteenth century
How peasants populated the countryside
Emergent Social and Political Patterns
Rural social structure
Town and country
Some comparisons
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521394444
ISBN-10: 0521394449
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.6