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From peasant to entrepreneur : the - Anna Bull

From peasant to entrepreneur

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By: Anna Bull

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Published: 6th January 1993
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The conspicuous success in Italy of a highly dynamic sector of small, rurally based manufacturing businesses has attracted a considerable amount of attention throughout both Europe and the United States in recent years. This book links this development in Italy to the processes of transformation of certain parts of the Italian countryside over the last hundred years and argues that the involvement of peasant families with both agricultural and industrial employment - a constant of the situation before the First World War - produced an entrepreneurial spirit that was subsequently reflected in the development of rural industries. This study will be of particular interest to students of contemporary Italian history, but will also be of interest to those concerned with the more general question of the transformation of agricultural societies in the face of industrialisation.

"... an important study." Business History '... this book should prove of interest not just to economists concerned with the somewhat unusual patterns of Italian economic development, but also to political scientists, historians, and sociologists.' Modern Italy 'This impressive case study is a welcome addition to the body of literature on the origins and nature of the "Third Italy" '. Italy

List of Tables
List of Figures
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Map
Introductionp. 1
Peasant Families and Rural Labour 1815-1890p. 15
Grain Rents, Silk, and Peasant Povertyp. 15
Peasant Families and Rural Manufacturingp. 23
Women's Labour and Peasant Survivalp. 27
Family Roles and Peasant Conservatismp. 30
A Social Form, A Pattern of Behaviourp. 32
Agrarian Crisis and the End of Equilibrium 1890-1915p. 40
The Impact of Crisisp. 40
From Peasant-Worker to Worker-Peasantp. 43
Family Mentalities and Resistance to Proletarianisationp. 47
Peasants and Protoindustrialisationp. 53
Peasants and Entrepreneurship: The First World War and Fascismp. 60
The War as Watershedp. 60
Post-War Independence: Family and Freedomp. 66
The Decline of the Silk Industryp. 78
Peasants and Small Businesses: the Inter-War Experimentp. 81
Small-Firm Foundation and 'Historic Breaches' with the Pastp. 87
Peasants and Entrepreneurship: From Fascism to the Presentp. 97
Social and Economic Trendsp. 97
The Marginalisation of Agriculturep. 98
The Fascist Precedentp. 101
Post-War Economic Developmentp. 108
Como Today: Entrepreneurship and Societyp. 115
Diffused Industry and Political Culturep. 120
Beyond Silk: Italy's Model of Diffused Industrialisationp. 131
Small Firms as an Independent Form of Industrial Organisationp. 131
The Italian Model. Current Debates on its Origins and Characteristicsp. 139
A Reassessment of Current Theories: The Social Variables of Small-Business Performancep. 142
Conclusionsp. 154
Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 172
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ISBN: 9780854963096
ISBN-10: 085496309X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 6th January 1993
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1