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

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Release date: 7/2/2018

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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.

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TitleCitrus fruits, scurvy and the origins of the Sicilian mafia
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited 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