Biography of an Industrial Town

Terni, Italy, 1831–2014

  • Alessandro Portelli

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Biography of a Town

  3. Specialty Steel

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 381-400

About this book


A pioneering work in oral history, this book tells the story of the rise and fall of the industrial revolution and the apogee and crisis of the labor movement through an oral history of Terni, a steel town in Central Italy and the seat of the first large industrial enterprise in Italy. This story is told through a combination of stories, songs, myths and memories from over 200 voices of five generations, woven with a wealth of archival material. 


Terni, Italy rise of the industry and labor the consumer society rise of Fascism post-industrial crisis youth culture and violence in Italy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Portelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di RomaRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50897-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50898-6
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