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Synopsis for Italy Class Thurs 24th March

THE MAFIA


  • Problems of Definition

  • Origins in Bourbon Sicily post 1812

  • Characteristics

  • Prime focus from Protection to Politics

  • Attempts to close Mafia down from 19th century to Mussolini

  • 1945 Mafia regroups

  • Internal 'wars'

  • Modern Mafia: political and judicial corruption to renewed attempts to close it down

  • Will the Mafia ever disappear?

The books of John Dickie are probably the best detailed introduction in English:-

Mafia Brotherhoods

Cosa Nostra

Mafia Republic


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