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Luisa Levi D'Ancona

Luisa Levi D’Ancona completed her first degree (Laurea) at the University of Florence in 1998 with a dissertation on “Visions of Family in the Jewish Bourgeoisie in Florence and Paris in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century.” In 2003 she completed her Ph.D. at Cambridge University with a dissertation entitled “Paths of Jewish Integration: Upper-middle-class Families in Ninenteenth-Century France, Italy and England.” Her current research project focuses on a comparative history of Jewish philanthropy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Italy, Modern

The history of Italian Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is essentially a story of social integration and embourgeoisement, with the exception of the years of Fascism, the racial laws (1938) and World War II. In Italy, each pre-unification state had a particular relation to its Jewish population, reflecting the strong regional differences that in many ways were maintained even after political unification in 1860.Even if the different realities of Italian Jewry were shaped by the history and the socio-cultural context in which they lived, some elements—such as the high degree of literacy among Jewish women and men—distinguished the Italian Jewish population in general. This literacy, which characterised nearly all Italian communities, with the exception of Rome, remained an advantage over the gentile population long after the barriers of the ghetto were pulled down.

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