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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 viii

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xiii

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

'May you live in harmony': Latin and Gothic populations in Italy 5

A province of the empire 10

A project for Italian unification? The Lombards in the peninsula 13

The myth of Rome in the Germanic empire 18

A new language 22

Further reading 27

2 The Middle Ages of the Cities 28

Year 1000 and thereabouts 29

Monastic art and holy wars: the Roman Church in the new millennium 31

The Maritime Republics 38

Landscape, cities and countryside 43

City-states 48

Southern Italy 55

Literary texts, music and art 57

Further reading 62

3 The Middle Ages of the Courts 63

Rebirth after plague: the Age of the Signorie 64

The papacy between Rome and Avignon 70

Saints and cities 75

Saints, witches, or mothers: images of women between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 77

The Italian language in the age of Dante and Petrarch 81

The birth of an Italian cuisine 89

Further reading 91

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

Italian politics in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries 93

Renaissance and humanism 102

Artists and architects 106

Courtiers 110

The Counter-Reformation, the new Rome and Italy in the sixteenth century 113

Literature and Italian language in the sixteenth century 119

Further reading 123

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

Italian politics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 125

The post-Tridentine social world 132

A violent country? 135

An age of hunger 138

Philosophy,science and religion 139

Clergy, saints and magic 145

Art, architecture, literature and music in the Baroque age 149

The continuing language debate 157

Further reading 161

6 A National Melodrama: The Epic of the Risorgimento 162

The Italian Enlightenment 163

The legacy of the French Revolution and Napoleon 168

Language and nation 175

Romanticism and Risorgimento 179

The development of a national discourse 185

The Revolution begins: 1848 189

The impossible restoration 194

Wars and revolutions from Genoa to Rome-via Palermo, Naples and Venice 198

Further reading 203

7 Liberal Italy 204

Celebrating the new nation 204

Contesting the nation: the Catholic Church 212

Contesting the nation: socialist Italy 216

Contesting the nation: banditry and the 'southern question' 221

Italians abroad 226

Towards industrialization: women's work between fields and factories 228

'La Belle Epoque': the Giolitti age 230

Further reading 237

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

The Italian people between peace and war 239

The defeat of Italian democracy 245

Mussolini's Italy 251

Words that did not become reality: Fascist wars and defeats 256

Italian art of the reconstruction 265

Italian society during the Republic 267

A consumer society 275

Further reading 284

9 Conclusion 285

Bibliography 303

Index 325

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