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An economic history of liberal Italy, 1850-1918

Author: Gianni Toniolo
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2015.
Series: Routledge revivals.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book, first published in 1990, examines Italy's economic history from its Unification in 1850 to the end of the First World War. Particular attention is paid to the extent to which Italy exhibits the features of Kaznets's model of 'modern economic growth'. An Economic History of Liberal Italy begins with a quantitative assessment of Italy's long-term growth in this period. All of the main relevant variables -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Toniolo, Gianni.
An Economic History of Liberal Italy (Routledge Revivals) : 1850-1918.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gianni Toniolo
ISBN: 9781317569541 1317569547 9781315737263 1315737264
OCLC Number: 893333328
Description: 1 online resource (200 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page ; Original Copyright Page ; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; List of tables; 1 Growth of product; Modern economic growth; Growth of gross domestic product; Agricultural production; Industrial production; Services; 2 Demand; Demand in modern economic growth; Consumption; Investment; Public expenditure; Foreign accounts; 3 The financial superstructure; Modern economic growth and financial intermediation; Financial intermediation and development in Italy; 4 Production, productivity, and welfare. Population and labour inputProduct per worker and per unit of capital; Conditions of life and welfare; 5 Before the Unification; The new demographic trend; The question of property rights; Agriculture during the 1850s; Progress in industry; Pre-Unification economic policies; 6 Economic problems of the Unification; Economics and politics in the Unification process; The structural problems: backwardness and dualism; The organization of the state; Free trade; Financial unification; Monetary unification; 7 The'' Age of the Right''; Slow growth in a climate of uncertainty. The problems of public financeThe suspension of the gold standard; Railways and public works; Progress in industry; The Right and economic development: an overview; The public inquiry on the conditions of industry; 8 The contradictions of the 1880s; Agricultural slump and industrial development; The agricultural crisis; The growth of industry; Financial intermediation and development; Fiscal policy; The return to the gold standard; The tariffs of 1876 and 1887; 9 A decade of crisis: 1887-96; Political changes and economic crisis; Trade cycle and economic policy; Trade cycle and finance. The collapse of the banking systemCrisis and reorganization of the banks of issue; 10 The'' Age of Giolitti''; The belle epoque of the world economy; Macroeconomics; Transformations and development of agriculture; The ''big spurt'' of industry; The labour market; The evolution of the financial intermediation system; Economic policy; Development and regional imbalances; 11 The War economy; The economic problems of the First World War; Production; The organization of production; The financing of the War; Prices, exchange rates, and the balance of payments. 12 The economic development of Liberal Italy: some interpretationsSome, among the many, ''facts in search of a theory''; Backwardness, growth, and accumulation: Gramsci and Romeo; Gerschenkron''s relative backwardness hypothesis; Growth, cycles, and public policy according to Fenoaltea; The interpretations of Cafagna and Bonelli; The role of government; Development and the ''southern question''; Modern economic growth of Liberal Italy: final results; Notes and references; Index.
Series Title: Routledge revivals.
Responsibility: Gianni Toniolo ; translated by Maria Rees.

Abstract:

This book, first published in 1990, examines Italy's economic history from its Unification in 1850 to the end of the First World War. Particular attention is paid to the extent to which Italy exhibits the features of Kaznets's model of 'modern economic growth'. An Economic History of Liberal Italy begins with a quantitative assessment of Italy's long-term growth in this period. All of the main relevant variables - including production, consumption, investment, foreign trade, government spending, and welfare - are discussed. The book proceeds through a chronological account of the developments.

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