Italy and Its Monarchy

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Yale University Press, Mar 1, 1992 - History - 402 pages
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Written by one of the world's leading historians of Italy, this provocative and highly readable book is the first major study of the Italian monarchy and its impact on Italy's history, from Unification in 1861 to the foundation of the Italian republic after the Second World War.

 

"Brilliant, . . . remarkable, . . . highly entertaining. . . . Only Mack Smith could have told what is finally so shabby a story with this combination of learning and bravura."--Nicholas Richardson, Sunday Times

 

"A brilliant narrative history of the political role of the kings of Italy. It is based on an immense range of sources."--Philip Mansel, Daily Telegraph

 

"Mack Smith is the leading writer in English on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian history. . . . [He] has now written a study of the Italian monarchy that subjects the four kings of united Italy to [. . . a] . . . debunking treatment. He shows how indispensable the monarchy was for the working of the Italian political system, but also how it was ultimately disastrous."--James Joll, New York Review of Books

 

"A welcome addition to libraries in the English-speaking world. . . . Denis Mack Smith shows masterful command of political and diplomatic sources and balanced historical judgment."--Clara M. Lovett, American Historical Review

 

"A book to be read and enjoyed. It is urbane [and] stylish."--Richard Bosworth, International History Review

 

 

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Contents

The king and the constitution 1861
3
From Turin to Florence
14
The war for Venice
23
Court politics 18667
33
A failed revolution 1867
37
The conquest of Rome
48
The Left in power
54
Death and retrospect
60
Victory in Libya
182
Giolitti in difficulties 191214
191
Salandra 1914
197
To fight or not to fight?
205
Italy at war 191517
217
Defeat and triumph 191718
226
Postwar difficulties
233
Fascism and the march on Rome
244

The new reign
71
Depretis and the transformation of parties
80
Crispi 188791
87
Two interim governments
96
Crispi and the politics of force
106
Defeat in Africa
113
Umberto reasserts his authority
121
Two turbulent years
127
Retrospect
139
A new direction in politics
147
Foreign policy 19004
155
The beginning of Giolittismo
163
Greatpower politics
173
The fascist dictatorship
254
Thediarchy
267
Alliance with Germany
275
Italy drifts into war
287
The regime disintegrates
294
Mussolini is dismissed
300
The armistice
306
The flight from Rome
316
The monarchy under attack
323
Umberto II
330
Abbreviations and Acknowledgements
343
List of prime ministers of Italy
391
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Fascist Italy
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