Italy and Its Discontents: Family, Civil Society, State, 1980-2001

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Palgrave Macmillan., 2001 - History - 520 pages
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A major bestseller in Italy, Paul Ginsborg's account of this most recent and dynamic period in Italy's history is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemoprary Italy. Ginsborg chronicles a period that witnessed a radical transformation in the country's social, economic and political landscape, creating a fascinating and definitve account of how Italy has coped or failed to cope as it moves from one century to the next. With particular emphasis on its role in italian life, work and culture Ginsborg shows how smaller families, longer lives and greater generation crossover have had significant effects on Italian society. Ginsborg looks at the 2000 elections, the influence of the Mafia, the decline of both Communism and Catholicism, and the change in national identity. This is modern history at its best. A major bestseller in Italy, Paul Ginsborg's account of this most recent and dynamic period in Italy's history is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemoprary Italy. Ginsborg chronicles a period that witnessed a radical transformation in the country's social, economic and political landscape, creating a fascinating and definitve account of how Italy has coped or failed to cope as it moves from one century to the next. With particular emphasis on its role in italian life, work and culture Ginsborg shows how smaller families, longer lives and greater generation crossover have had significant effects on Italian society. Ginsborg looks at the 2000 elections, the influence of the Mafia, the decline of both Communism and Catholicism, and the change in national identity. This is modern history at its best.

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Ginsborg, an Englishman who teaches history at the University of Florence, offers a well-documented discussion of Italy's cultural, social, and political climate during the last 20 years of the ... Read full review

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Just as I lamented that I had not seen a book that covers modern Italian politics, post 1988, I came across this to place on m to-read list. Read full review

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Paul Ginsborg is Professor of Contemporary European History in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Florence. His previous publications include Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.

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