The Identity of the Expatriate

Paula Clarke

in Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928220 | DOI:
The Identity of the Expatriate

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This chapter presents a study of Florentine expatriates in Venice, which shows that wealthier individuals tended to maintain their identity as Florentines, while those of lower class tended to assimilate to Venetian society more rapidly. It explores the behavior of the new exiles and then compares it with that of new immigrants before turning to the long-term residents. If Papi's story demonstrates how an immigrant could consciously create a new identity for himself, other examples exist to show that such a conscious shift in identity could be yet more radical, with a first-generation immigrant renouncing his allegiance to his native land, apparently completely. The examples of the Ubriachi and Figiovanni families show how important contacts with the motherland were to maintaining a sense of connection with it on the part of its expatriates, and how ties with immigrants of the same origin reinforced an identification with the patria.

Keywords: Florentine expatriates; Venice; identity; Papi; Ubriachi; Figiovanni; immigrants

Chapter.  11901 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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