By Anthony H. Galt

This ebook is a historic and anthropological examine of Locorotondo within the Province of Bari in southeastern Italy. It makes a speciality of the weird nature of peasant society within the zone and makes an attempt to provide an explanation for the way it took place. What distinguishes Locorotondo and the neighboring cities is that peasants dwell dispersed within the geographical region instead of in densely populated rural cities, the trend extra normal for southern Italy. the folk are generally small owner grape growers, and feature commonly been at an advantage than different southern Italian peasants. The ebook lines the advance trend from the eighteenth century. Interweaving anthropological realizing with old information, the writer assesses its impression on family members lifestyles, social constitution, and the connection among city and nation.

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Coastal plains characterize the Adriatic edge and the lower part of the Salentine Peninsula, and in the interior three plateaus, or murgie, the Northern Murgia, the Murgia dei Trulli, and the Salentine Murgia, descend step-like from northwest to southeast. The Murgia dei Trulli covers the area of juncture between the "heel" and the "boot," and contains communes belonging to three Provinces: Bari, Brindisi, and Taranto. Unlearned local inhabitants, who identify most with their own towns, do not give this geographical designation much thought, and scholars have given it slightly differing definitions since Carlo Maranelli first suggested the name "Murgia dei Trulli" in 1908 (1946: 76; see also Liuzzi, 1981; Ricchioni, 1958; Garofalo, 1974; andMassafra, 1983).

3 hectares as "other surface area" (ISTAT, 1972: Vol. 2, Fasc. 74, Table 19). 8 percent of the total, and for about 72 percent of the surface planted to tree crops. The rest of the tree-crop areas are planted to olives, and rarely to fruit orchards (Table 21). The proportion of tree crops and therefore of 3o The remembered present vineyards has dropped from figures reported earlier in the century. 3 percent were in cereals. The amount in pastures and meadows has remained constant and low since then (Calella, 1941: 113).

I carried out most archival work in the Archivio di Stato di Bari (National Archives of Bari) where documents relating to the administration of the Province of Bari, both when it was part of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, and after Italian Unification, are preserved. I also made a trip to Naples to consult preparatory papers for the catasto onciario (a massive tax register) of 1749 conserved there in the National Archives. Unfortunately, it was not possible to visit the ecclesiastical archives in Ostuni.

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