Italy and Its Discontents

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A major bestseller in Italy, Paul Ginsborg's account of this most recent and dynamic period in Italy's history is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemoprary Italy. Ginsborg chronicles a period that witnessed a radical transformation in the country's social, economic and political landscape, creating a fascinating and definitve account of how Italy has coped or failed to cope as it moves from one century to the next. With particular emphasis on its role in italian life, work and culture ...
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Overview

A major bestseller in Italy, Paul Ginsborg's account of this most recent and dynamic period in Italy's history is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemoprary Italy. Ginsborg chronicles a period that witnessed a radical transformation in the country's social, economic and political landscape, creating a fascinating and definitve account of how Italy has coped or failed to cope as it moves from one century to the next. With particular emphasis on its role in italian life, work and culture Ginsborg shows how smaller families, longer lives and greater generation crossover have had significant effects on Italian society. Ginsborg looks at the 2000 elections, the influence of the Mafia, the decline of both Communism and Catholicism, and the change in national identity. This is modern history at its best.
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In this rich, dense portrait of Italian society, economy and politics during the past 20 years, Ginsborg argues that while Italy has come a long way, it's still got a long way to go. Relying on a wealth of data, Ginsborg (A History of Contemporary Italy) shows how the country has grown wealthier, more democratic and more active in foreign affairs, in large part helped by the growing power of the European community. "Italy constrained by Europe was Italy improved," he writes. He focuses on society both from above (at high politics) and below (family life and class structure) to examine how Italy's jump into postindustrial society has affected Italians in all walks of life. Not surprisingly, many working Italians have been left behind, and a racist backlash-which exists elsewhere in Europe-against a growing immigrant population is widespread. Despite Ginsborg's generally optimistic portrayal, this book is far too complex to offer a Pollyannaish portrayal of Italy. Longstanding threats to Italian democracy remain; divisions between north and south; the power (albeit decreasing) of the Mafia and the Catholic Church. The author also devotes a chapter to the most recent episode in Italian politics-the rise to power of the right-wing businessman Silvio Berlusconi, which he views with some concern because of the antidemocratic tendency represented by having one man with so much economic and political power. Ginsborg has not written an easy book, but it offers a complete portrayal of the textures of Italian society. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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In the first part of this impressive volume, Ginsborg examines the infrastructure of Italian political life. The economy has evolved, but family capitalism remains a major force and North-South divisions persist. Civil society has developed but still has not overcome traditional clientelism. The middle class has split into two groups: one made up of "localistic, consumerist" shopkeepers and small entrepreneurs, "exquisitely Thatcherist without Mrs. Thatcher"; the other of educators and civil servants who view modern consumption in a social context (and are, according to Ginsborg, no match for the first group). Little is said about the Church.

The second half of the book focuses on the political system, particularly its "subterranean side, a secret history made up of hidden associations, contacts, and even conspiracies, some farcical and others more serious." Ginsborg is particularly interested in, and interesting about, the Mafia and its links to civil society and the political class. He outlines the deficiencies of the existing political parties and the insufficiency of reform efforts (despite major advances that allowed Italy to join the European Monetary Union). He also addresses the rise of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the 1990s, exhibiting full awareness of his political skill and his shortcomings. This is an indispensable book for anyone concerned with Italy's future in the European Union.

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Ginsborg, an Englishman who teaches history at the University of Florence, offers a well-documented discussion of Italy's cultural, social, and political climate during the last 20 years of the 20th century. He argues that Italian discontent is largely the result of familism. The Italian family, which in actuality has changed significantly since the late 1970s, has remained largely unchanged as a paramount cultural icon. What has resulted is a situation in which "the values and interests of the family are counterposed to the other principal moments of human associationalism." Ginsborg maintains that, even as Italy engages in the dance of European postmodernism, familism continues to touch all aspects of Italian life. While Ginsborg's unrelenting postmodern perspective can sometimes become controlling, his book is valuable, particularly in its citations, which offer significant sources for Italian cultural, social, and political issues. It also usefully traces the phenomenon of Silvio Berlusconi. Appropriate for academic libraries and public libraries with international affairs collections.-David I. Fulton, Coll. of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403961525
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ginsborg is Professor of Contemporary European History in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Florence. His previous publications include Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 The Italian Economy: Constraints and Achievements 1
Ch. 2 The Social Hierarchies of a Prosperous Nation 30
Ch. 3 Families and Consumption 68
Ch. 4 Civil Society and Mass Culture 94
Ch. 5 A Blocked Political System, 1980-92 137
Ch. 6 Corruption and the Mafia 179
Ch. 7 The State Within and the State Without 213
Ch. 8 Denouement, 1992-4 249
Ch. 9 From Berlusconi to Berlusconi, 1994-2001 285
Statistical Appendix 325
Notes to Statistical Appendix 353
Notes 359
Bibliography 455
Index 501
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