Italy: A Short History / Edition 2

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Intended for the student of Italian history and culture as well as the general reader, this new edition presents a clear and concise account of the principal developments in Italian history from the Ice Age to the present day. Dr. Jonathan Morris has updated the late Professor Hearder's long-established and highly successful work with an authoritative account of development in Italy over the past decade.
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Editorial Reviews

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'There is a fine introduction to the culture of the Renaissance and an equally positive account of the Risorgimento on which Hearder was such an expert … another well produced and illustrated book.' Robert Pearce, History Today

'… there are few English historians of Italy who write with the same ease and clarity as Hearder. Equally, there are few who would be able to manage the trick, as Hearder does, of condensing 3,000 years of history into one slim volume while still providing the reader with a detailed narrative of events and personalities, and a sense of historical perspective. it is for these reasons that Italy: A Short History deserves a second outing.' History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521000727
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 415,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Harry Hearder, who died in 1996, was a Professor at the University of Wales. His many publications on European and Italian history include Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 2nd edition (1988) and Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento (1983).

Jonathan Morris is Lecturer in Modern European History at University College, London. His publications include The Political Economy of Shopkeeping in Milan 1886–1922 (Cambridge, 1983). He is editor of the Journal of Contemporary European History.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 Italy in the classical world 1
1 Prehistoric Italy 1
2 The Greeks, the Etruscans and the arrival of the Romans 6
3 The Roman Republic, c. 509 B.C.-A.D. 313 12
4 The Roman Empire, A.D. 313-c. 400 26
2 The early Middle Ages 38
1 Barbarian invasions and Byzantine Italy, c. 400-c. 600 38
2 Lombard Italy and the foundation of the Papal States, c. 600-800 43
3 The Empire and the Papacy, 800-1216 49
4 Venice and her maritime empire, c. 600-c. 1300 59
3 The high Middle Ages 66
1 Sicily under the Normans and Frederick II, 1130-1250 66
2 The city-states and the republics 72
3 The decline of the Papacy and the Avignon period, 1216-1378 83
4 Cultural achievements in the age of Giotto, Dante and Petrarch 89
4 The Renaissance 96
1 The Black Death and the economic recovery of the fifteenth century 96
2 Humanism and the impact of printing 103
3 Florence under the Medici and the Republic 112
4 The High Renaissance: artists and their patrons in Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples 119
5 The political and cultural eclipse of Italy 126
1 The foreign invasions and wars of the sixteenth century 126
2 The Counter-Reformation and the Spanish period 132
3 The Austrian period and the return to Europe 141
4 The military state of Savoy and its dynasty 147
6 The Risorgimento, 1790-1861 153
1 The Napoleonic and Restoration eras, 1790-1821 153
2 Italian nationalism and the role of Mazzini, 1821-49 164
3 Cavour and the europeanization of the Italian Question, 1852-9 178
4 Garibaldi and the achievement of unity, 1859-61 187
7 From Unification to Fascism, 1861-1922 198
1 The first years of unity and the era of Depretis and Crispi, 1861-96 198
2 Giolitti's building of democracy, 1892-1914 208
3 The First World War: neutrality, intervention, and victory, 1914-19 212
4 Socialist failure and the advent of Fascism, 1890-1922 218
8 The Fascist disaster, 1922-45 225
1 The establishment of the dictatorship, 1922-9 225
2 Isolation and triumph in foreign policy, 1925-36 230
3 The alliance with Germany: neutrality and entry into the Second World War, 1936-40 235
4 Defeat and the collapse of Fascism, 1940-5 239
9 Italy since the Second World War, 1945-80 244
1 The resistance and the establishment of the Republic, 1944-7 244
2 The economic recovery and the predominance of Christian Democracy, 1947-58 250
3 Communism in Italy and its relations in Western and Eastern Europe since 1956 256
Epilogue: From the First to the Second Republic: Italy 1980-2001 263
A brief guide to further reading 277
Index 280
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