THE CONVERSATION: Citrus fruits, scurvy and the origins of the Sicilian mafia

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The Sicilian mafia is arguably one of the most famous – or infamous – institutions in the Western world. After its first appearance in Sicily in the 1870s it soon infiltrated the economic and political spheres of Italy and the US and has, at times, been considered a serious threat to the rule of law in both countries.

But despite the fact that we’ve seen plenty of evidence of mafia activity, both in real life and on screen over the past 140 years, the reasons behind its emergence are still obscure.

Period7 Feb 2018

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  • TitleCitrus fruits, scurvy and the origins of the Sicilian mafia
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/02/18
    DescriptionThe Sicilian mafia is arguably one of the most famous – or infamous – institutions in the Western world. After its first appearance in Sicily in the 1870s it soon infiltrated the economic and political spheres of Italy and the US and has, at times, been considered a serious threat to the rule of law in both countries.

    But despite the fact that we’ve seen plenty of evidence of mafia activity, both in real life and on screen over the past 140 years, the reasons behind its emergence are still obscure.
    URLhttps://theconversation.com/citrus-fruits-scurvy-and-the-origins-of-the-sicilian-mafia-89986
    PersonsAlessia Isopi

Keywords

  • mafia
  • crime
  • economics
  • history
  • Sicily
  • organised crime