A Military History of Italy (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - History - 269 pages
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This book follows Italy's military history from the late Renaissance through the present day, arguing that its leaders have consistently looked back to the power of Imperial Rome as they sought to bolster Italy's status and influence in the world. As early as the late 15th century, Italian city-states played important roles in European conflicts. After unification in 1861, the military would become the nation's unifying force, the melting pot of the state. Italy's industrial and then colonial expansion brought it into the wars of the 20th century. The rise of fascist movement was the disastrous consequence of Italy's desire for colonial and military power, a history that the nation still confronts as it seeks to play a role in world politics.

Wealthy, urban Italy has always had great political, cultural, and strategic importance for Europe. The leaders of its independent city-states intervened militarily in struggles among the European powers to its north and west but also against the expanding Muslim empires to its south and east. Italian culture supported military innovation, developing (for instance) new fortifications and naval organizations. After centuries of division, which limited Italy's power against the larger, unified European nations, the military played an important role in the nationalist unification of the entire country. Rapid industrialization followed, and along with it Italy's forays into overseas colonialism. Italy became a major power, but its turn to militant fascism during its expansionist era continues to haunt its state and military.

  

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Contents

1 Before the Deluge
3
2 The Italian Wars in the Early Sixteenth Century
8
15651601
16
THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
21
4 The Thirty Years War in Italy
23
5 The Second Half of the Century
30
16901696
38
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
41
18 The New State
115
18711900
122
A photo essay follows page 128
129
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
130
19001912
131
19151918
136
22 From the Great War to the Ethiopian War
151
19361939
162

17001713
43
17151733
48
17331739
51
17401748
53
17481792
57
17921799
63
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
75
13 Napoleon Emperor and King
77
18161847
85
18481849
94
18491859
102
17 Garibaldi in Sicily
110
19401943
167
19431945
183
19461988
192
27 Italy and NATO until the End of the Cold War
198
19892005
205
Notes
215
Bibliography
235
Military Unit Index
247
Name Index
251
Place Index
261
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About the author (2008)

Ciro Paoletti teaches at the State University La Sapienza of Rome.

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