The History of Italy

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 229 pages
The most current account of the richly complex and critically important history of Italy from the Romans to the height of the Renaissance, and from the long struggle for unification to the second world war and post war economic success. What is Italy? In 1814 Austrian Chancellor M. de Metternich dismissed it as a mere "geographical expression." He could say so because political control of the peninsula had for centuries been divided among self-governing cities, possessions of foreign dynasties, and the Vatican. Prior to that Italy formed the "home base" of the Roman Empire. It was not until 1861, however, that a united Italy emerged. This concise, and clearly written account explores Italian history and culture from the Etruscans up to the present day. Along the way readers will discover the Romans, Lombards, popes, Guelphs, Ghibellines, the Medici, the Risorgimento, sculptors, composers, Fascists, Christian Democrats, and many other people and events that make up the rich heritage of Italian history. The History of Italy is succinct, complete, and the most up-to-date general history of the nation available.; Starting with an introduction providing data on Italy's geography, people, and current government, the book then examines the political and cultural history of the country in eleven chapters. Also included is a biographical section with portraits of noteworthy Italians, an extensive bibliographical essay, a glossary of terms, and an index.
 

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Wanting to get the lowdown, but not be bogged down? This may be just the book for you. I read The History of Italy as a primer for an upcoming trip. Killinger's (2002) format is straightforward. It is chronological and has a small narrative flare.
Killinger (2002) paints this picture: It is about war, possession, loss, resurrgence, being conquered, fighting back and ulitmately unifying to country. Killinger provides names, places, and events facilitating the reader to pursue additional reading.
What to know about Romulus and Remus?
Who were the Carthaginians?
Curious about the murder of Caesar?
Where does the word Byzantinian originate?
Was a pope ever captured in Rome?
What mistakes did Mussolini make?
Killinger (2002) provides the rough stuff to begin asking these questions and others.
This book is most likely not meant for historians who can wage their own wars on accuracy of timelines, events and causazations. However, for the novice who wants to gain a preliminary understanding in a capsulated from, this is the book for you.
 

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best book ever

Contents

An Introduction to Modern Italy
1
Italy in the Ancient and Classical Ages
15
Italy in the Middle Ages 4001300
45
Renaissance Italy 13001500
63
Early Modern Italy 15001789
83
The French Revolution Napoleon and the Restoration of Austrian Power in Italy 17891848
93
Unification of Italy The Risorgimento and the Making of Italians 18481900
107
The Era of Giolitti and World War I 19001918
125
The Fascist Era and World War II 19191945
139
Postwar Italian Political and Economic Life
159
Postwar Italian Society and Culture
175
Notable People in the History of Italy
187
Glossary of Selected Terms
195
Bibliographic Essay
199
Index
217
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CHARLES L. KILLINGER is Professor of History at Valencia Community College and Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches Italian history. He is the author of Rebel in Two Worlds: Gaetano Salvemini in Italy and America (Praeger, 2002).

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