The History of Italy
What is Italy? In 1814 Austrian Chancellor M. de Metternich dismissed it as a mere geographical expression, because political control of the peninsula had long been divided among self-governing cities, possessions of foreign dynasties, and the Vatican. Prior to that, Italy had formed the home base of the Roman Empire. It was not until 1861 that a united Italy emerged. This concise, and clearly written account explores Italian history and culture from the Etruscans to the present day.
Starting with an introduction providing data on Italy's geography, people, and current government, the book examines the political and cultural history of the country in eleven chapters. Readers will discover the Romans, Lombards, popes, Guelphs, Ghibbellines, the Medici, the Risorgimento, sculptors, composers, Fascists, Christian Democrats, and many other people and events of Italy's rich history. Included are a biographical section with portraits of noteworthy Italians, an extensive bibliographical essay, a glossary of terms, and an index, making this book the most complete and up-to-date general history of the nation available.
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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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Renaissance Italy 13001500
Early Modern Italy 15001789
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Unification of Italy The Risorgimento and the Making of Italians 18481900
The Era of Giolitti and World War I 19001918