Italy in the Nineteenth Century: 1796-1900 / Edition 1

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Covering the period from the French Revolution to the end of the 19th Century, this volume sets the events leading to Italian Unification and the creation of an independent Italian state in the broader context of 19th-century European history. Challenging the view that the political failings of the Risorgimento and Italy's economic and social backwardness paved the way for fascism in the 20th century, it emphasizes how similar Italy's social and political development was to that of other modernizing European states in the same period, while explaining why Italy's experience of modernization in the nineteenth century also proved particularly difficult.
Italy in the Nineteenth Century provides both the general and specialist reader with a critical, concise introduction to the most recent historical debates and perspectives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731276
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Short Oxford History of Italy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,220,314
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1992 John Davis has held the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair at the University of Connecticut, previously professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick where he was Director of the Center for Social History. Professor Davis was awarded the British Academy Serena Medal for Italian studies in 1998, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997. 94509
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
List of contributors
Introduction: Italy's difficult modernization 1
1 From the French Revolution to Napoleon 25
2 The age of Restoration 51
3 Giuseppe Mazzini and his opponents 74
4 Cavour and Piedmont 108
5 Garibaldi and the South 132
6 Politics in the era of Depretis and Crispi, 1870-96 154
7 Religion and society, 1789-1892 181
8 Culture and society, 1796-1896 206
9 Economy, society, and the state 235
Editor's Conclusion 264
Glossary 266
Further reading 272
Chronology 283
Maps 289
Index 295
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