By Daniela Felisini
This booklet offers a shiny biography of a towering Italian banker, pioneer and entrepreneur. It weaves the entrepreneurial ventures of Alessandro Torlonia (1800-1886) throughout the narratives of commercial and politics in the 19th century, the expansion of eu monetary markets and the decline of Papal strength through the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous historical examine utilizing unique assets equivalent to the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different legit records; the documents of the Torlonia family members, and of the Rothschild financial institution in Paris; memoirs; correspondences, and newspapers. via this booklet readers research that Alessandro Torlonia used to be a guy of many faces, who used to be the most complicated and influential characters of Italian fiscal existence within the 19th century. Felisini additionally offers a professional critique of the monetary heritage of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of family among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal issues comparable to the background of eu elites and the heritage of eu monetary markets could have an interdisciplinary allure for students and researchers.
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