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By Daniela Felisini

This e-book offers a shiny biography of a towering Italian banker, pioneer and entrepreneur. It weaves the entrepreneurial ventures of Alessandro Torlonia (1800-1886) in the course of the narratives of industrial and politics in the 19th century, the expansion of ecu monetary markets and the decline of Papal strength through the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous historical examine utilizing unique assets corresponding to the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different reliable records; the documents of the Torlonia kin, and of the Rothschild financial institution in Paris; memoirs; correspondences, and newspapers. via this ebook readers examine that Alessandro Torlonia used to be a guy of many faces, who was once some of the most complicated and influential characters of Italian fiscal lifestyles within the 19th century. Felisini additionally offers knowledgeable critique of the monetary heritage of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of relatives among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal themes reminiscent of the heritage of ecu elites and the background of ecu monetary markets could have an interdisciplinary charm for students and researchers.


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