By Daniela Felisini

This ebook presents a brilliant biography of a towering Italian banker, pioneer and entrepreneur. It weaves the entrepreneurial ventures of Alessandro Torlonia (1800-1886) in the course of the narratives of industrial and politics in the 19th century, the expansion of ecu monetary markets and the decline of Papal energy through the Italian Risorgimento. The dialogue is based in rigorous historical study utilizing unique assets corresponding to the Archivum Secretum Vaticanum papers and different reliable records; the data of the Torlonia relatives, and of the Rothschild financial institution in Paris; memoirs; correspondences, and newspapers. via this e-book readers research that Alessandro Torlonia used to be a guy of many faces, who used to be essentially the most advanced and influential characters of Italian monetary existence within the 19th century. Felisini additionally offers a professional critique of the monetary historical past of the papacy: a space of heightened curiosity given the notoriety of family among the Holy See and its bankers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. Focal issues reminiscent of the heritage of ecu elites and the historical past of ecu monetary markets can have an interdisciplinary allure for students and researchers.

 

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