Bauso (Villaranca Tirrena) History

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Bauso (Villaranca Tirrena) History

Postby Joe4322 » 18 Dec 2011, 20:23

Good afternoon everyone,

I have always been interested in where my father came from. I wanted to read what it was like in his time, as well as my grandparents and beyond.

My father was born in 1889, and my grandparents were born in 1858 and 1863.

Can anyone tell me what is the best information to read in(English) to get some knowledge of the area and times.

Thank you
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Re: Bauso (Villaranca Tirrena) History

Postby Tessa78 » 19 Dec 2011, 00:35

Hi Joe :-)

While it is sometimes difficult to find something written about a particular town, you can get a good overview with some of the books written about the time.

I would recommend:
Fate and Honor, Family and Village:
Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy since 1800

by Rudolph M. Bell (copyright 1979) University of Chicago Press

He gives great insight into what he feels are the four words that "capture the essence of the Italian peasant's response to life: fortuna, onore, famiglia and campanilismo."
He does this through the study of four villages in locations throughout Italy. The villages are Albareto in Emilia-Romagna (north); Castel San Giorgio in Campania (near Naples); Rogliano in Calabria (toe of the boot); and Nissoria in Sicily.

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Re: Bauso (Villaranca Tirrena) History

Postby Joe4322 » 24 Dec 2011, 21:58

Hello T,

Thank you for the suggestion. I checked with the local libraries, they do not have it. I will go to Amazon to buy it.

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Re: Bauso (Villaranca Tirrena) History

Postby Tessa78 » 30 Dec 2011, 17:31

I purchased mine used...

If it isn't available on Amazon, try half.com :-)

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