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Culture and Management in the Americas$
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Alfredo Behrens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760140

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760140.001.0001

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(p.59) Chapter 5 Italy
Culture and Management in the Americas
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During the late nineteenth century, Italy was experiencing a host of problems, from low labor-absorption rates that gave rise to a generation of restless youth, to the emigration of Italians in the 1890s toward other European countries and the other half helping to populate the New World. The predominant type of Italian emigrant reflects the economic drive pushing Italy's people to go to other countries. This chapter focuses on the history of Italy, beginning with the rise of city-states in the country and then proceeding with the influence of Spain in Rome during the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. It also discusses the Risorgimento, the nineteenth-century movement for Italian unification, the migration of Southern Italians to Buenos Aires in Argentina and São Paulo in Brazil, and the emergence in the United States of the Mafia, which is historically associated with the Southern Italian community.

Keywords:   Italy, emigration, New World, city-states, Spain, Risorgimento, unification, Brazil, United States

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