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Italiani o Ottomani ? La seconda generazione di immigrati italiani a Istanbul (Ottocento – primo Novecento)

Abstract : The centuries-old Italian presence in Istanbul was profoundly affected during the 19th century by the arrival first of Risorgimento exiles and later of mainly economic immigrants. This paper investigates these reconfigurations by focusing on the second generation – i. e. the children of Italian immigrants born in the Empire. Without assuming that they had a sense of belonging to a community, the paper exam- ines their sociability, loyalties, and identifications in order to investigate their „Italian part“ and their „Ottoman part“, as well as the internal nuances of these two parts and their possible articulations. After an overview of this new presence, the paper anal- yses the establishment of a national Italianity and its means (associations, schools, linguistic policies) in relation to the construction of the Nation State in Italy, and its limitations. By examining an individual trajectory – that of Angelo Scanziani, son of a Lombard immigrant, dragoman of the sultan Abdülhamid II – the paper shows that loyalties were multiple and that affiliations were more individual than national. In this regard, languages are a capital rather than the instrument of an elusive national identity.
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Marie Bossaert. Italiani o Ottomani ? La seconda generazione di immigrati italiani a Istanbul (Ottocento – primo Novecento). Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken, Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, 2019, 99 (1), pp.262-284. ⟨10.1515/qufiab-2019-0012⟩. ⟨halshs-02612197⟩

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