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Politics in a Museum: Governing Post-War Florence

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How and why has the city of Florence, one of the great treasure houses of western civilization, been reduced to little more than a Renaissance Disneyland for tourists? Florence, once a center of national intellectual creativity, has become a city with two separate lives. Its historic center caters to and profits from tourists, while the periphery houses a population that endures overcrowding, decaying infrastructure, and an exorbitant cost of living. In Politics in a Museum, James Miller investigates Florence's ...

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How and why has the city of Florence, one of the great treasure houses of western civilization, been reduced to little more than a Renaissance Disneyland for tourists? Florence, once a center of national intellectual creativity, has become a city with two separate lives. Its historic center caters to and profits from tourists, while the periphery houses a population that endures overcrowding, decaying infrastructure, and an exorbitant cost of living. In Politics in a Museum, James Miller investigates Florence's losing struggle with modern times.

He traces the city's story from its bloody liberation in 1944 through a reconstruction led by Communist and Catholic saints, the flood of 1966, the booms and busts of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In the process, Miller provides an analysis of the defects of Italy's national political system, as well as a meticulous reconstruction of the men and events that have placed Florence alongside Venice in the unenviable status of museum city.

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Through self-discipline, creativity, and hardheaded political compromise, Italy was transformed from a sleepy agricultural society in 1940 to the world's fifth largest industrial power in the 1980s. There were winners and losers, of course, and Miller (Foreign Service Institute) chronicles the postwar decline of Florence from a cultural treasure to a tourist stopover. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

JAMES EDWARD MILLER is a scholar with the European Studies Program of the Foreign Service Institute.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Liberation 1
Ch. 2 Old Wine in New Bottles: From CTLN to Party Rule, 1944-1947 15
Ch. 3 Red Flag over Palazzo Vecchio, 1947-1951 31
Ch. 4 Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground: La Pira, 1951-1954 49
Ch. 5 Building a City on the Hill? 1954-1957 67
Ch. 6 Intermezzo, 1957-1960 83
Ch. 7 The Center Left at Florence, 1960-1965 101
Ch. 8 The Flood 121
Ch. 9 Muddling Through: The Bausi Years, 1968-1974 139
Ch. 10 The Historic Compromise at Florence, 1975-1981 159
Ch. 11 Who's in Charge? The Florentine Pentapartito 175
Ch. 12 City of Culture 189
Ch. 13 The Party's Over 205
Ch. 14 Conclusion: Penelope's Spindle 221
Bibliography 227
Index 243
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