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Until the beginning of the eighteenth century, to be 'Italian' meant to identify with a number of collective memories rather than a national memory. Yet there are elements of continuity that have shaped Italian identity for well over 1,500 years. Religion, food, art and architecture, a literary language, as well as a particular relationship between cities and countryside, between family and civil society, have all contributed to present-day Italian culture and politics. Baldoli explores the history of Italy as a country, rather than as a nation, in order to trace its fascinating cultural and political development.
Offering a way into each period of Italian history, the book brings Italy's past to life with extracts from poetry, novels and music. Drawing on the latest research published in English and Italian, this is the ideal introduction for all those interested in Italy's cultural and social past and its significance for the country's present.
Acknowledgements List of Maps, Chronologies, Windows and Illustations Introduction The 'Barbarian' Middle Ages: Invasions, Culture, Religion The Middle Ages of the Cities The Middle Ages of the Courts Renaissance Italy: From the European Model to the 'End of Italy'?
Under Popes and Distant Kings A National Melorama: The Epic of the Risorgimento Liberal Italy From Hunger to Hedonism: Italy in the Twentieth Century Conclusion Select Bibliography Index
Posted October 8, 2012
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