Through the Magnifying Glass: Provincial Aspects of Industrial Growth in Post-Unification Italy

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Carlo Ciccarelli

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Stefano Fenoaltea

Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica

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Date Written: July 26, 2010

Abstract

In post-Unification Italy industrialization was ever sharply sub-regional. Initially industry was largely artisanal, and located in the former political capitals; factory industry was instead attracted by the waterfalls of the subalpine Northwest. From the 1880s, as modernization accelerated, industry concentrated: in the Lombard and Piedmontese subalpine provinces with the late-nineteenth century boom in (protected) textiles, then particularly in Turin and Milan with the engineering boom, and novel energy-transmission, of the belle époque; and in Liguria's Genoa, which captured (subsidized) civil and naval shipbuilding. The only significant diffusion came as (newly protected) beet-sugar-extraction spread throughout Emilia.

Keywords: Italy, pre-1913, regional industrialization

JEL Classification: N63, N93, R11

Suggested Citation

Ciccarelli, Carlo and Fenoaltea, Stefano, Through the Magnifying Glass: Provincial Aspects of Industrial Growth in Post-Unification Italy (July 26, 2010). Bank of Italy Economic History Working Paper No. 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2233457 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2233457

Carlo Ciccarelli

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Via Columbia n.2
Rome, rome 00100
Italy

Stefano Fenoaltea (Contact Author)

Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica ( email )

"Cognetti de Martiis"
Università di Torino
Torino
Italy

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