Mafia Brotherhoods | John Dickie
The author dismisses old fashioned theories that the brotherhoods arose out of the "primitive" culture of the area or the "hot blooded" nature of the people, and of course he is right to do so. He explains that the brotherhoods originated in 19th century penal colonies, but I doubt that the penal colonies of southern Italy were significantly different from those elsewhere in Europe at the time. The author has produced a follow-up book "Mafia Republic" bringing the story up to the modern era.
I'll be adding that to my list. I found the book very informative and certainly a lot of research has gone into it. The style of writing I found a little "dry", I'm not sure I can put my finger on it, but at times it seemed a little naive But there is one thing that made a great impression on me from the start.
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Reading about the Mafia brotherhoods and essentially the way a large part of Italian society "works" I was reminded very much of Greece, where I live. Only here we don't have as far as I know organised crime rings I found the book very informative and certainly a lot of research has gone into it. Only here we don't have as far as I know organised crime rings affiliated with the politicians.
Here the organised crime rings ARE the polticians and the parties themselves Sep 15, Matthew Calamatta rated it it was amazing. Unification of Italy, prison economies and power structures explode out into Naples; the mountain communities of Calabria birth the 'ndrangheta, the lemon groves and noble grounds of Palermo solidify the Mafia; three secret societies, very structured, absolutely a systematic conspiracy.
Must read. Must read the sequel! Jun 22, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: history-european.
I learned something I certainly didn't know before--that there were 3 Italian Mafias. Dickie does a good job describing their rise and for some of them their falls. He explains what made them so powerful and difficult to uproot.enter
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He shows the connection between fascism and the Mafia. He also shows the cultural differences between them. Jan 14, Jankaaaaaaaaaaa rated it it was amazing. One of the best organised crime documental revelations, which describes how the secret blood fraternities work. A lot of peculiar rituals in the blood brotherhoods and dynastic webs trough the Italian judicial system are described, giving a wide look in the Italian history. The book is excellent and recommended for people who like the science of law, ceime or politics. Jul 31, Paul Retkwa rated it really liked it.
The version of this book apparently is a conflation of them both for America, as opposed to the smaller British version that's all I can find on Goodreads thus far.
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Out went a messy assemblage of local customs, baronial and church jurisdictions, and public ordinances: in came a new code of civil law and the beginnings of a police force. The southern part of the Italian peninsula began to resemble a modern, centralised state. Favours that had to be paid for, one way or another. The camorra system was based on the power to grant those favours and to take them away. The real cruelty of the turnip-throwing episode is that the camorrista was bestowing a favour that he could just as easily have withheld.
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