Sicily

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Sicily was the jewel of the Mediterranean, and Sicilians were the first civilized people of the Western World-here is their rich and diverse history in crisp prose and lively illustration.

This concise history relates how Sicily rose to become the first independent, civilized nation of greater Italy, as well as home to many of the world's most distinguished philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists. The narrative subsequently recounts the region's millennium-long ...

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Overview

Sicily was the jewel of the Mediterranean, and Sicilians were the first civilized people of the Western World-here is their rich and diverse history in crisp prose and lively illustration.

This concise history relates how Sicily rose to become the first independent, civilized nation of greater Italy, as well as home to many of the world's most distinguished philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists. The narrative subsequently recounts the region's millennium-long decline at the hands of foreign invaders, its hard-won battle for freedom in 1860 under the leadership of Giuseppe Garibaldi, and its current status as a center for art and tourism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781809092
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 676,206
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment v
Sicily vi
Preface xv
Introduction 1
Trinacria 3
The Greeks 3
Athens vs. Trinacria 11
Phoenician Invasion under Hannibal 11
Dionysius I 12
Dionysius II, Dion, and Timoleon 13
Agathocles and Pyrrhus 14
Sicilian Greece 15
Empedocles 17
Archimedes 17
Plato 18
The Myths 18
Enter Rome 21
The First Punic War 21
The Sicilian Language 22
Under Teutonic Masters, and the Byzantine Empire 24
The Saracens 25
Sicily--A Muslim Land 25
The Saracen Legacy 29
The Mattanza 30
Poetry 31
Arabic Influence on the Sicilian Language 32
The Normans 35
Crusade to the South 35
Enter the Hautevilles 37
Sicily 44
Palermo 47
Great Count Roger I 52
Adelaide 54
King Roger 55
William I and William II 63
The Hohenstaufens 67
The Great Frederick--Half-Norman, Half-German 67
Frederick II, Stupor Mundi 68
The Sicilian Vespers 73
Peter of Aragon 76
Frederick III 78
The Bubonic Plague 79
Under the Spanish Heel 81
Greed, Chaos, Famine 81
The Spanish Inquisition 86
The Age of Darkness--Rule of the Spanish Viceroys 89
The Viceroys 89
Sicily Serves the King's Interest 91
The Brigands 92
The Barons 92
The Church 94
The Inquisition 95
The Economy 96
Agriculture 98
Industry and the Cities 99
The Economy After 1600 100
Spanish Sicily Disintegrates 103
The Beginning of the End 103
The Palermo Revolt of 1647 103
The Rebellion of Messina 104
The Last Years of Spanish Administration 107
The Bourbons 109
Sicily Under Three New Masters 109
The Spanish Bourbons 111
The Viceroyalty of Caracciolo 113
Decline and Fall of the Bourbons 116
Giuseppe Garibaldi 121
The Bourbons are Routed 121
After Garibaldi 124
Into the 20th Century 129
Italy at War 129
The Dark Age of Fascism 129
World War II 130
Sicily and the Mafia 132
World War II to the Present Day 132
Sicilia--Quo Vadis? 135
Tourism 135
Folk Poetry 135
The Theater 136
Sicilian Poets 136
Painting and Music 138
The Novel 140
Epilogue as Prologue 141
Index 145
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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    great starter

    As someone who is doing extensive research on Sicilian history this was a good review. It is a concise history of the island that has a long and beautiful story to tell. The author was very smooth in transition from one period to another and seemed very well researched. This is a great book for not only scholars, but for anyone interested in Sicily and it's history. This short book provides a great starting point for those doing research since it gives you a gloss of all events. Then you can find one that sticks out to you and go on to research it more fully. For me it was really good at finding a topic in ancient history for a paper I will be writing. I found a few different events to look into more. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to start learning about this captivating place.

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