This book has examined two communities in the Upper Anaunia: German-speaking St. Felix and Romance-speaking Tret. This chapter examines the ways in which contradictory political commitments pull people in opposite directions, despite their very similar ways of meeting the problems of survival and existence in a mountainous environment. A significant difference lies in ideal patterns of inheritance. Tret delegates the decision-making power of many coheirs to one estate manager. St. Felix on the other hand, assigns management of a holding to the most available and willing son. The chapter also seeks an explanation for the contrast on three distinct, if interrelated, levels: on the level of Tyrolese experience, past and present; on the level of South Tyrolese experience within the Italian state; and on the level of relations between German speakers and Romance speakers within the Upper Anaunia.
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