Under the Volcano: Revolution in a Sicilian Town

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a highly arresting and significant consideration of history as an artefact, its materials remodelled, distorted, made-over by successive practitioners in the name of a cause, an ideology or a personal obsession. ( Jonathan Keates, Literary Review)

... beautifully crafted and sophisticated example of microhistory ... ( BBC History)

Riall's book is magnificent both in narrative flow and analytic clarity ( Joseph Farrell, Times Literary Supplement)

Lucy Riall came across the Duchy of Bronte archive in Palermo some years ago. This magnificent book is the outcome of what she found there and an object lesson in how to make history readable, exciting, funny and insightful. ( John Foot, History Today)

In Under the Volcano, Lucy Riall tells the extraordinary story of the estate on the slopes of Mount Etna given to Admiral Horatio Nelson and his heirs by the King of Naples in gratitude for his help in protecting the Kingdom against Napoleon. From then on an informal part of the British Empire, Nelson's estate quickly became entangled in a web of conflict pitting British Imperial arrogance against an impoverished and refractory peasantry that culminated in a famous local uprising during the unification of Italy in 1860. Rich in anecdote and drama, enthralling and entertaining, this book is destined to become a classic example of the new microhistory that finds 'the global in the local' and links a seemingly small-scale study to large historical issues of empire, revolt, nationalism, and revolution. ( Sir Richard Evans, Regius Professor of History, University of Cambridge)

Riall has then unearthed a remarkable story, its vividness exposed by the quality of her writing. Even that has only been made possible by some remarkable archival work, often in difficult sources. From a range of unyielding materials, the author has forged a rich archive which she then translates into fluent and engaging narrative history. The end result is a fine piece of historical scholarship. ( James Walvin, Family and Community History)

uncommon sensitivity and narrative élan. ( Nelson Moe, American Historical Review)

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... beautifully crafted and sophisticated example of microhistory ... BBC History Riall's book is magnificent both in narrative flow and analytic clarity Joseph Farrell, Times Literary Supplement Lucy Riall came across the Duchy of Bronte archive in Palermo some years ago. This magnificent book is the outcome of what she found there and an object lesson in how to make history readable, exciting, funny and insightful. John Foot, History Today In Under the Volcano, Lucy Riall tells the extraordinary story of the estate on the slopes of Mount Etna given to Admiral Horatio Nelson and his heirs by the King of Naples in gratitude for his help in protecting the Kingdom against Napoleon. From then on an informal part of the British Empire, Nelson's estate quickly became entangled in a web of conflict pitting British Imperial arrogance against an impoverished and refractory peasantry that culminated in a famous local uprising during the unification of Italy in 1860. Rich in anecdote and drama, enthralling and entertaining, this book is destined to become a classic example of the new microhistory that finds 'the global in the local' and links a seemingly small-scale study to large historical issues of empire, revolt, nationalism, and revolution. Sir Richard Evans, Regius Professor of History, University of Cambridge

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