Abolitionism and the Persistence of Slavery in Italian States, 1750–1850

  • Giulia Bonazza

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Giulia Bonazza
    Pages 103-165
  3. Giulia Bonazza
    Pages 167-210
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


This volume offers a pioneering study of slavery in the Italian states. Documenting previously unstudied cases of slavery in six Italian cities—Naples, Caserta, Rome, Palermo, Livorno and Genoa—Giulia Bonazza investigates why slavery survived into the middle of the nineteenth century, even as the abolitionist debate raged internationally and most states had abolished it. She contextualizes these cases of residual slavery from 1750–1850, focusing on two juridical and political watersheds: after the Napoleonic period, when the Italian states (with the exception of the Papal States) adopted constitutions outlawing slavery; and after the Congress of Vienna, when diplomatic relations between the Italian states, France and Great Britain intensified and slavery was condemned in terms that covered only the Atlantic slave trade. By excavating the lives of men and women who remained in slavery after abolition, this book sheds new light on the broader Mediterranean and transatlantic dimensions of slavery in the Italian states.


Abolitionism in Italy Atlantic History Juridical abolitionism Napoleonic period colonial slavery post-Napoleonic period history of the slave trade in Italy Italian intellectual history congress of Vienna Slavery and the Italian states transnational abolitionism Mediterranean slave trade slavery studies memory of slavery

Authors and affiliations

  • Giulia Bonazza
    • 1
  1. 1.German Historical InstituteRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01348-6
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