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Economy and politics in the correspondence of the Neapolitan consuls in Greece

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Economy and politics in the correspondence of the Neapolitan consuls in Greece

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13 March 2021

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Consular correspondence has attracted increasing attention by scholars in recent years, as an intermediary in the circulation of information from one country to another. As it is known, the consuls were not diplomatic agents. They had above all functions of legal protection of the subjects of their own country and of gathering information that could favour economic interests and exchanges. However, they were often valuable sources of information also from a political point of view. The paper will take into consideration the correspondence sent to Naples by the Neapolitan consuls, in particular by Rocco Martuscelli, consul in Nafplio in the 1830s. Of a French mother, whom his father Domenico married during his exile in France after the fall of the Neapolitan Republic in 1799, Martuscelli was the first general consul of the king of the two Sicilies in the Kingdom of Greece and, later, he was also the first Neapolitan consul in the United States. Son of a patriot of 1799, his testimony on the events of Mediterranean liberalism of the early 19th century possesses particular interest.

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