Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Exhibitions were very important occasions for the development of traditional productive sectors and for the spread of innovation. As recent studies have pointed out, not only national or “universal” events were of importance, but also regional and provincial shows. The analysis of the Verona Exhibition of 1900 brings to light a number of characteristics of the event, based on its type and size, using both qualitative and quantitative criteria. The debate over the past decades which has focused mainly on contemporary exhibitions help us understand what has been preserved from the past and what has changed from exhibitions in the past. There are many similarities - in terms of organization, management and financing - between the case study presented here and other important events in the past and present day. At the current state of research, it is difficult to classify intermediate events such as the Verona Exhibition both because of the parameters used for contemporary exhibitions – so different in terms of media coverage, transport and so on – and because historical research has tended to focus on Great Exhibitions and Universal Expositions. Further research is required to produce a reliable classification of events of the kind analyzed here.
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