History of Italy

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Timeline of Historical Events
1 An Introduction to Modern Italy 1
2 Italy in the Ancient and Classical Ages 15
3 Italy in the Middle Ages, 400-1300 45
4 Renaissance Italy, 1300-1500 63
5 Early Modern Italy, 1500-1789 83
6 The French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Restoration of Austrian Power in Italy, 1789-1848 93
7 Unification of Italy: The Risorgimento and the "Making of Italians," 1848-1900 107
8 The Era of Giolitti and World War I, 1900-1918 125
9 The Fascist Era and World War II, 1919-1945 139
10 Postwar Italian Political and Economic Life 159
11 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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