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Numbers and Nationhood explores the increase of facts as a style of illustration in Italian society throughout the 19th century. Silvana Patriarca examines the ideologies that educated numerical productions, and the position that information performed in producing a countrywide photo of Italy that however accentuated its inner territorial divisions. This leading edge learn offers a clean interpreting of the historiography of Risorgimento Italy, bringing problems with technological know-how, ideology and illustration to the fore.

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Indeed, through the examination of the theory and practice of statistics, we can also identify aspects of this outlook which a focus on other disciplines and discourses would not allow us to see. THEORIES: THE TEACHINGS OF MELCHIORRE GIOIA AND GIAN DOMENICO ROMAGNOSI It was a clergyman from Apulia, Luca de Samuele Cagnazzi (Altamura 1764 - Naples 1852), a self-taught mathematician and political economist, who authored the first treatise on statistics written in Italian. 11 His chair of political economy was trans11 See Romani, L'economia politica del Risorgimento, p.

This is particularly clear in his Lettres a S. A. R. le Due Regnant de Saxe-Coburg et Gotha sur la Theorie des probability appliquee aux sciences morales et politiques (Brussels, 1846), a work divided between a large section on probability theory and social physics and another on statistics for administrative uses. 57 58 S. M . Stigler, The History of Statistics. , and L o n d o n , 1986), p p . I74ff. Porter, The Rise of Statistical Thinking, p . 46. " T h e Chaos o f Particular Facts: Statistics, Medicine, and t h e Social Body in Early N i n e t e e n t h - C e n t u r y France," History of the Human Sciences 7 (1994), p .

Levi, "Gli aritmetici politici e la d e m o grafia piemontese negli ultimi anni del ' 7 0 ° / ' Rivista Storica Italiana 86 (1974), p p . 201—261; o n Tuscany see M . P . Paoli and R . Graglia, " M a r c o Lastri: aritmetica p o litica e statistica demografica nella Toscana del ' 7 0 ° / ' Annali delta Fondazione Luigi Einaudi 12 (1978), p p . 117-215. O n t h e quantitative approaches o f eighteenthcentury Italian economists see M . Bianchini, Alle origini della scienza economica. Felicita pubblica e matematica sociale negli economisti italiani del Settecento (Parma, 1982).

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