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Richard Bosworth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193879

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193879.001.0001

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The Many Deaths of Post-War Venice, 1948–1978

The Many Deaths of Post-War Venice, 1948–1978

(p.185) Chapter Eight The Many Deaths of Post-War Venice, 1948–1978
Italian Venice

R.J.B. Bosworth

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the theme of death in Venice in the years after World War II. Venice's official population in 1951 stood at 174,808. A decade later, the tally in old Venice had dropped to 137,150. By 2001 there were only 65,695 people in Venetia. After ten years, the urban population was down to 59,635. The chapter first describes the issues and concerns that preoccupied Venice during the first years of peace, including those relating to anti-Fascism, the Communist Party, and the social conditions that sustained it, tourism, and employment. It then considers the Christian Democrats who ruled the city, as well as city politics involving the Catholic Church. It also discusses the five-point plan proposed for Venice aimed at restoring damaged artworks and protecting the city from man-made pollutants, among other environmental initiatives.

Keywords:   death, Venice, population, anti-Fascism, Communist Party, tourism, employment, Christian Democrats, politics, Catholic Church

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