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Under the VolcanoEmpire and Revolution in a Sicilian Town$
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Lucy Riall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646494.001.0001

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The Duchy

The Duchy

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(p.7) 1 The Duchy
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Under the Volcano
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Lucy Riall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646494.003.0002

What kind of place was Bronte? Nobody knew anything about it. The community was located on the remote, western side of Mount Etna: it was a beautiful spot with commercial potential but it was also isolated, dangerous and unfriendly. The town was filled with poor peasants who were oppressed by a few rich landowners; the whole area was threatened by regular volcanic eruptions and outbreaks of disease (notably, malaria); and the Duchy headquarters at Maniace, where the British planned to live, had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and never rebuilt again. The community also enjoyed a dubious reputation for violence and savagery.

Keywords:   Mount Etna, volcanic eruptions, latifondo, Maniace, malaria, Nebrodi, peasant poverty

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