“Building a Civil Society offers a deeply researched and elegantly written history of associational life in Northeastern Italy in the second half of the nineteenth century. In a field dominated by cultural histories and textual analyses, this is the only study to provide a rich and empirically grounded micro-historical examination of the topic. The scholarship is impeccable, and it is presented in clear, jargon-free prose.”
(Anthony L. Cardoza, Department of History, Loyola University of Chicago)
About the Author
Steven C. Soper
is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Georgia.