History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988

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From a war-torn and poverty-stricken country, regional and predominantly agrarian, to the success story of recent years, Italy has witnessed the most profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its entire history. Yet the other recurrent theme of the period has been the overwhelming need for political reform--and the repeated failure to achieve it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to combine social and political perspectives--is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and "the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside."

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"...the best single work on postwar Italian history...readers will find this work invaluable."--John S. Hill, History: Reviews of New Books

"A work of major importance. It has a moral grandeur and a coherence of interpretation and approach that all in all likelihood will ensure it classic status... No future account of the Italian republic will be able to ignore it." -- Christopher Duggan, The Times Literary Supplement

"The achievement of Paul Ginsborg's massive volume is that the political drama is brilliantly interwoven with the whole cultural and economic history of the country... Page after page may be read with interest and delight by all true English lovers of Italy." -- Michael Foot, Guardian

"This is the best account of contemporary Italian history available to the English reader." -- Jonathan Morris, The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403961532
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2002
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 336,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ginsborg is Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence. His previous publications include Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.

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Table of Contents

Italy at War * Resistance and Liberation * The Post-War Settlement, 1945-8 * The Agrarian Reform * Christian Democracy in State and Society * Left-Wing Politics and the Working-Class Movement in the 1950s * The "Economic Miracle", Rural Exodus and Social Transformation, 1958-63 * The Center-Left, 1958-68 * The Era of Collective Action, 1968-73 * Crisis, Compromise, and the "Anni di Piombo", 1973-80 * Italy in the 1980s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    Disappointing Work

    Unfortunately this book was disappointing. It presented a rigid and mechanical approach to a colorful and important period in Italian history. The reader is overwhelmed with statistics but not provided a complete interpretation of those statistics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    A must have for research on Italy

    This is a great book for anyone interested in the country's political and economic development after the second World War. Very detailed, and covers a wide range of socioeconomic elements. Recommended for any students of sociology or political science.

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