A Concise History of Italy

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 1994 - History - 320 pages
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Since its creation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This concise history covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day, but focuses on the difficulties Italy has faced in forging a nation state during the past two centuries. The opening chapters consider the geographical and cultural obstacles to unity, and survey the long centuries of political fragmentation in the peninsula since the sixth century. It was this legacy of fragmentation that Italy's new rulers had to strive to overcome when the country became united, more by accident than design, in 1859-61.
  

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The author's semi-snobbish asides about the Church throughout the book bring down the tone, but it is a good overview of Italian history, especially the early 20th century. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Definitely a history book, similar to a text book you'd read in class. Rated it a three-star, however, it was what I was looking for so I was satisfied with it. Read full review

Contents

THE GEOGRAPHICAL DETERMINANTS OF DISUNITY
9
DISUNITY AND CONFLICT FROM THE ROMANS TO THE RENAISSANCE 4001494
31
STAGNATION AND REFORM 14941789
60
THE EMERGENCE OF THE NATIONAL QUESTION 17891849
87
ITALY UNITED
117
THE LIBERAL STATE AND THE SOCIAL QUESTION 18701900
143
GIOLITTI THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THE RISE OF FASCISM
171
FASCISM
205
THE REPUBLIC
240
Select bibliography
299
Index
310
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