The essential role of Luigi Negrelli (1799-1858) in planning the Suez Canal project – then realised by tens of thousands of Egyptian and European workers with the commitment of the Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez headed by Ferdinand de Lesseps – was perfectly clear when the work was completed 150 years ago. In the years that followed, however, Negrelli fell into oblivion and was not revisited until the first half of the 20th century, and then in a series of markedly nationalistic studies that misrepresented his image and role. During the interwar period, on the wave of claims to national grandeur, Negrelli was depicted as an “Italian genius” at the service of Risorgimento ideals that he actually had no part of. Meanwhile some German writings, driven by the same nationalistic demagogy, likewise improperly claimed a distinctly German origin for him. Even some recent studies in European cultural publications have been imprecise and totally inadequate in depicting the man and his role. Drawing on abundant, previously unexploited documents produced by Negrelli himself, this paper offers a new interpretation of the role of this eminent engineer. It traces his engagement in the realisation of a series of railways in Europe and his fundamental role in the design of the Suez Canal, identifying him as a distinguished economist and technician of transportation.
A Prominent Figure in the Creation of the Suez Canal: Luigi Negrelli (1799-1858) / Leonardi, Andrea. - In: THE JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY. - ISSN 0391-5115. - STAMPA. - XLIX 2020:2(2020), pp. 27-70.
|Titolo:||A Prominent Figure in the Creation of the Suez Canal: Luigi Negrelli (1799-1858)|
|Titolo del periodico:||THE JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Numero e parte del fascicolo:||2|
|Citazione:||A Prominent Figure in the Creation of the Suez Canal: Luigi Negrelli (1799-1858) / Leonardi, Andrea. - In: THE JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY. - ISSN 0391-5115. - STAMPA. - XLIX 2020:2(2020), pp. 27-70.|
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