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Tired of Living: Suicide in Italy from National Unification to World War I, 1860-1915 Ty Geltmaker

Tired of Living: Suicide in Italy from National Unification to World War I, 1860-1915

Ty Geltmaker

Published April 22nd 2002
ISBN : 9780820455440
Hardcover
137 pages
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This original work examines the bases for the widespread belief among Italians during their first fifty years as a unified country that suicide was a growing epidemic. The story of this concern over the rise in suicide is told within the context ofMoreThis original work examines the bases for the widespread belief among Italians during their first fifty years as a unified country that suicide was a growing epidemic. The story of this concern over the rise in suicide is told within the context of related debates over Italys emerging national identity and what it meant to be Italian. Many commentators saw suicide in this period as a -safety valve- peculiar to Italys late political and economic development. Popular -Degeneration- theories gave scientific credibility to such sociological analyses, while the Roman Catholic Church linked the rise in suicide to the secular unification of the state. Controversies over a resurgence of dueling and a fascination with war as -indirect- suicide are examined in this overview of Italian social, cultural, and legal history.