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‘Orientalising Italy: The British and Italian Political Culture’

Wright, Owain (2013) ‘Orientalising Italy: The British and Italian Political Culture’. In: Locating Italy: East and West in British-Italian Transactions. (Eds: Sandrock, Kirsten and Wright, Owain), Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York, pp. 33-57. ISBN 978-90-420-3635-2 [Book section]

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This paper exposes a longstanding British tendency to orientalise Italy on account of its political culture, and explains it as being rooted in an inclination to regard the British system as a superior model. It reveals how quickly British leaders who had supported Italy's national unification were disappointed by the political and legal practices of Italy during the nineteenth century, how the Italian experience of Fascism led many British observers to conclude that Italy was perhaps not suited to democracy during the twentieth, and how recent media treatment of Silvio Berlusconi's government remains dominated by the same old stereotypes of corruptness and an alleged inability to establish and operate a 'normal' democratic system during the twenty-first.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:27808
Deposited By: Dr Owain Wright
Deposited On:16 Jul 2014 15:59
Last Modified:16 Jul 2014 15:59

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