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Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160841.001.0001

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Italy Is a Network of Cities

Italy Is a Network of Cities

(p.5) Italy Is a Network of Cities
Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation

Massimo Montanari

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of Italy's network of cities, which reflects its cultural and political identity. At the beginning of the eleventh century, the municipal phenomenon exploded in the center-north of the peninsula; the cities proposed to take over as centers of self-government and control of territory. Nobles and merchants in the city joined their interests and created a more or less coherent system of domination over the economic and alimentary resources of the countryside: the countryside produces; the city directs the produce to the urban market, and gives it the denomination of its own identity; then, the urban market distributes the product in a commercial space. As of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, various cities in Emilia and Lombardy, for example, associated their names to a particular cheese, known as parmigiano, piacentino, or lodigiano, according to the local variety.

Keywords:   network of cities, municipal phenomenon, alimentary resources, Emilia, Lombardy, parmigiano, piacentino, lodigiano

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