Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony

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Verso, 2004 - Political Science - 189 pages
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Silvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and, most recently, the man who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration-camp guard—small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy.

Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy's foremost historian, explains here why we should take Berlusconi seriously. His new book combines historical narrative Berlusconi's childhood in the dyna-mic and paternalist Milanese bourgeoisie, his strict religious schooling, a working life which has encompassed crooning, large construction projects and the creation of a commercial television empirewith careful analysis of Berlusconi's political development.

While never forgetting the italianita of Berlusconi's trajectory, he argues that the Italian example is highly instructive for all modern societies. What Berlusconi represents—the relationship between the media system and politics, the nature of personal dominion at a time of crisis in representative democracy, the connection between the consumer world, families and politics, and the exploitation of the wide-open spaces left by the strategic weaknesses of modern left-wing politics—are, Ginsborg suggests, near-universal.
  

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User Review  - Andre - Goodreads

Very well documented and researched: Paul Ginsborg is an excellent historian, and his book should be a major reference on recent Italian history. However, it really needs to be updated. Read full review

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User Review  - Shauber1 - Goodreads

Silvio Berlusconi is a scary, scary man. He is as dumb as Dubya but with a lot more control of his country's media. I now understand why all of the Italians I know who reside in America think I am ... Read full review

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Contents

Buildings
11
The Making of a Television Empire
28
Into Politics
57
Right and Left 19962001
81
Berlusconis Project
102
In Power
132
Resistances
162
Postscript
175
Index
185
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Author of the highly acclaimed books A History of Contemporary Italy and Italy and Its Discontents, Paul Ginsborg teaches history at Florence University.

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