A Concise History of Italy

A Concise History of Italy

by Christopher Duggan
     
 

Since its creation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This concise history, which covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day, looks in particular at the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. The opening… See more details below

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Since its creation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This concise history, which covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day, looks in particular at the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. The opening chapters consider the geographical and cultural obstacles to unity, and survey the long centuries of political fragmentation in the peninsula since the sixth century. It was this legacy of fragmentation which Italy's new rulers had to strive to overcome when the country became united, more by accident than design, in 1859-60. The book aims to weave together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses in particular the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521402859
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/21/1994
Series:
Concise Histories Series
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Introduction1
1The Geographical Determinants of Disunity9
2Disunity and Conflict: From the Romans to the Renaissance, 400-149431
3Stagnation and Reform, 1494-178960
4The Emergence of the National Question, 1789-184987
5Italy United117
6The Liberal State and the Social Question, 1870-1900143
7Giolitti, the First World War, and the Rise of Fascism171
8Fascism205
9The Republic240
Select Bibliography295
Index306

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