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Libri per diventare italiani. L'editoria per la scuola a Milano nel secondo Ottocento

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elisa MarazziORCiD



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Shaping the ideas of their nationals through school was one of the main aims of the Italian leading classes after the unification. Textbooks were great tools in that sense, given that they often were the only books that entered people's homes. The research conducted on manuscript and printed sources shows how publishers took advantage of this political and pedagogic need, putting in place multiple strategies that were aimed at selling more books. By retracing the history of major Milanese schoolbook publishers, the volume thus reflects on which strategies were adopted: publishing in series, combining newspapers and journals, exploiting school annual prizes. It emerges that Milanese publishers, albeit neglected by the historiography on schoolbooks, were able to challenge their colleagues and competitors from Florence and Turin, usually recognised as educational publishers since they builded on a longer tradition in the field. The book also retraces the late emergence, in Italy, of what we now call children's literature, showing how long it has been confined to educational and edifying books.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marazzi E

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2014

Number of Volumes: 1

Number of Pages: 338

Print publication date: 02/07/2015

Acceptance date: 01/02/2014

Publisher: Franco Angeli

Place Published: Milan


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ISBN: 9788891708045