A History of Italy

A History of Italy

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by Claudia Baldoli
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403986150

ISBN-13: 9781403986153

Pub. Date: 01/05/2010

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403986153
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Series:
Palgrave Essential Histories Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Chronologies and Boxes

Introduction

1 The 'Barbarian' Middle Ages: Invasions, Culture, Religion 1

2 The Middle Ages of the Cities 28

3 The Middle Ages of the Courts 63

4 Renaissance Italy: From the European Model to the 'End of Italy'? 92

5 Under Popes and Distant Kings: Italy in the Age of the Baroque 124

6 A National Melodrama: The Epic of the Risorgimento 162

7 Liberal Italy 204

8 From Hunger to Hedonism: Italy in the Twentieth Century 238

9 Conclusion 285

Bibliography 303

Index 325

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