Italy Today: At the Crossroads of the New Millenium / Edition 1

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Italy Today is a concise and fascinating story of the stunning transformation of a nation. Detailing the period from the Second World War to the present, this book provides unique insights into the dynamics of a country which emerged from a ravaged, post-war agrarian society to become a technological leader competing with France to become the fourth largest industrialized country in the Western World. This volume examines the influence of a broad range of subjects such as political institutions, parliament, women, youth, the media, the Church, and trade unions on Italian history and culture. Divided into three major sections devoted to an analysis of politics, society, and the economy, the organization allows for a lively discussion of contemporary Italy. The style of the writing will appeal to a broad range of scholars, students, and general readers.
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Editorial Reviews

Giulino Manacorda
"A framework that courageously builds up the dynamics that gave impetus to the profound transformation of the country. Readers will find it admirable for its mastery of the material and the sobriety of its judgments."--Giuliano Manacorda, University of Rome
Sebastiano Martelli
"Mignone's work is a serious and documented panorama of Italy since World War II that is both informative and challenging. It unravels the most complex historical and social problems by approaching them from more than one direction and by using lucid and balanced judgment."--Sebastiano Martelli, University of Salerno
While concluding that Italy is an under-recognized world power in search of equilibrium, Mignone (Italian, State U. of New York at Stony Brook) dispels stereotypes<-->through explaining Italy's political, economic, social, and cultural foundations and transformations since World War II, US-Italian relations, and other fundamental aspects of its society. Statistical data are appended. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820440415
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Studies in Modern European History
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464

Table of Contents

Map of Italy
Introduction 1
Pt. I Politics 21
Ch. I Political and Social Foundations 25
Ch. II Decisive Turning Points and Constitutional Transformation 53
Ch. III Dangers To The State: Whose Law? Whose Order? 77
Ch. IV US-Italian Relations and the American Presence 101
Pt. II Economy 121
Ch. V The Economic Recovery 127
Ch. VI Industrial Change and Social Transformation 155
Ch. VII The Two Italies and the Southern Question 173
Ch. VIII Emigration, Migration, Immigration, and Social Transformation 201
Pt. III Society 221
Ch. IX Democratizing the Education System 227
Ch. X Secularization of State and Society 251
Ch. XI Family: Tradition and Change 273
Ch. XII Women and Gender Relations 297
Ch. XIII A More Open Society 323
Pt. IV Cultural Changes 339
Ch. XIV Cultural Modernization: Changes and Conflicts 347
Ch. XV Communications Revolution and Cultural Consumption 375
Ch. XVI Conclusion: A Country in Search of Equilibrium 409
Bibliography 419
Appendix 427
Index 451
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