Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy

Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy

by Mark Gilbert, Robert K. Nilsson
     
 

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Italy is a country that exercises a hold on the imagination of people all over the world. Its long history has left an inexhaustible treasure chest of cultural achievement. The historic cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice are among the most sought-after destinations in the world for tourists and art lovers, and Italy's natural beauty and cuisine are rightly

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Italy is a country that exercises a hold on the imagination of people all over the world. Its long history has left an inexhaustible treasure chest of cultural achievement. The historic cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice are among the most sought-after destinations in the world for tourists and art lovers, and Italy's natural beauty and cuisine are rightly renowned. Italy's history and politics are also a source of endless fascination. Modern Italy has consistently been a political laboratory for the rest of Europe. In the 19th century, Italian patriotism was of crucial importance in the struggle against the absolute governments reintroduced after the Congress of Vienna, 1814-15. After the fall of Fascism during World War II, Italy became a model of rapid economic development, though its politics has never been less than contentious and its democracy has remained a troubled one. The second edition of Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy is an attempt to introduce the key personalities, events, social developments, and cultural achievements of Italy since the beginning of the 19th century, when Italy first began to emerge as something more than a geographical entity and national feeling began to grow. This is done through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a map, a bibliography, and some 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on prominent individuals, basic institutions, crucial events, history, politics, economics, society, and culture.

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March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
the essential reference source for modern Italian history. This work is highly recommended.
Reference Reviews
This updated Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy will be an essential purchase for any library where modern Italy, especially its politics, is studied in any depth. Libraries requiring a more general reference to modern Italy that will appeal to a general enquirer or reader might also find this a useful acquisition....Libraries wanting a good source of reference information on the continent as a whole would do well to consider a standing order.
Booknews
Presents some 350 entries on chief characteristics of Italy's social, political, and cultural changes since the Napoleonic era, illustrating the rich complexity of Italy's evolution, especially in the 20th century. Special attention is paid to political figures, formative events, and intellectual movements. Includes a chronology. Gilbert is a professor in Italian studies at the University of Bath, England. Nilsson is retired from the Dickinson College Center for International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810856028
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2007
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series, #58
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.41(d)

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