Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Marco Rovinello
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/174 Language Italian
Pages 28 P. 769-796 File size 186 KB
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The essay analyzes about 40 high-school textbooks currently on the market to ascertain how they deal with some crucial phases of the nineteenth-century history of Southern Italy (the so-called Mezzogiorno): the pre-unification Bourbon regime (1815-1860), the unification process, and the post-unification era (1861-1914). The first part of the essay analyzes some major factors that affect textbook writing: the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, the authors’ profiles, the role played by publishing houses, editors and advisors, marketing and didactical issues, readership, teachers’ training, and the relationship between teaching history at school and public history. The second part of the article scans textbook texts and images in order to show to what extent the huge historiography on the Mezzogiorno permeates the textbooks and what historiographical paradigms and approaches prevail in dealing with the history of Southern Italy at school.
Keywords: Textbooks, High school, Southern Italy, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Italian unification, Italy’s "Southern Question".
Marco Rovinello, Il Mezzogiorno pre - e postunitario nei libri di Storia per le superiori in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 174/2021, pp 769-796, DOI: 10.3280/SS2021-174008