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Title: Commemorating one hundred years of Italian unification : the 1961 centennial celebrations as they were held in Turin and Philadelphia
Author: Quinn, Samantha
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 0890
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis analyses the meaning of unity and unification in post-war Italian life through a transnational study of the two great events staged for the celebration of one hundred years of Italian unification: Italia '61 and the Festival of Italy. Held in Turin, Italia '61 was the Italian national celebration and the overall purpose was to put on display the 'progress made in Italy in 100 years of national life' and to make a statement about Italy's place in the Cold War world order. To do so it comprised three major components: a Historical Exhibition, which traced a history of unification focused on the Risorgimento and the Resistance; a Regional Exhibition; and the International Labour Exhibition, which contained displays on work practices and conditions from twenty-one nations and international organisations. Across the Atlantic in Philadelphia, the Festival of Italy was the largest Italian centennial commemoration held outside Italy and it had been planned in conjunction with the Italia '61 organisers and collaboratively with the Italian American community in Philadelphia. The Festival's theme was 'lOO years of Progress' and the corresponding exhibitions and events emphasised the cultural richness of Italy, the high culture of Italy, the contribution of Italy and Italian culture and people to contemporary civilisation and in particular to the U.5., and the modernity of contemporary Italy. This thesis presents the argument that 1961 represents a change or turning point in the way identity was celebrated and so conceived in both Italy and among Italian American communities. The effects of the reconfiguration are identified through analysis of the national, international, intergovernmental, ethnic and transnational relationships in operation at Italia '61 and the Festival of Italy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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