Experts on the Mafia to visit Cornwall for a series of public lectures
A series of public lectures exploring the origins and development of the Mafia are due to take place at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus.
High profile experts will investigate where Mafia networks originated, how they came about and why they became so powerful.
The first lecture will take place on Monday February 11 and will focus on the birth of the Mafia. It will be led by successful author John Dickie, whose latest book Blood Brotherhoods has been an international best-seller. He is also a professor in Italian Studies at University College London, whose research focuses on the Sicilian Mafia.
On Monday March 11, independent scholar and best-selling author Dr Mike Dash will be discussing the origins and early evolution of the American Mafia. He will unravel some of the half-truths and misunderstandings about the brutal and bloody birth of one of Italy's most notorious exports in the New World.
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And in early May, subject to confirmation, Professor Frederico Varese, Professor of Sociology at Oxford University, will be looking at present day networks of organised crime - where they originated, how they expand and reproduce.
Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt, a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, organised the programme of lectures and is currently researching the origins of organised criminal groups most notably the KKK, the Cosa Nostra and Black Hand.
He said: "These are some of the leading scholars in this controversial and exciting field of research. I know they will entertain, provoke and impress anyone with the slightest interest in organised crime.
"It is thought that over twenty percent of world GDP is the result of the activities of organised criminal networks. They are rarely out of the headlines. We are told every day of Somali pirates, Russian Mafias, the Cosa Nostra, Mexican and South American drug lords."
The lectures start at 6.30pm in Tremough's Chapel Lecture theatre and will include a question and answer session at the end of the talk.
To register interest contact the History office on 01326 371817 or J.M.Pengelly@exeter.ac.uk.