Politics in a Museum: Governing Post-War Florence

Politics in a Museum: Governing Post-War Florence

by James Miller
     
 

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

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275972318
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2002
Series:
Italian and Italian American Studies Series
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

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

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