The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796

The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796

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by Christopher Duggan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618353674

ISBN-13: 9780618353675

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A sweeping, first-of-its-kind history of the creation of modern Italy

The birth of modern Italy was a messy affair. Inspired by a small group of writers, intellectuals, and politicians, Italy struggled in the first half of the nineteenth century to unite all Italians under one rule, throwing aside a multitude of corrupt old rulers and foreign occupiers. In the

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A sweeping, first-of-its-kind history of the creation of modern Italy

The birth of modern Italy was a messy affair. Inspired by a small group of writers, intellectuals, and politicians, Italy struggled in the first half of the nineteenth century to unite all Italians under one rule, throwing aside a multitude of corrupt old rulers and foreign occupiers. In the midst of this turmoil, Italian politicians felt compelled by a “force of destiny” hideously at odds with Italian reality. After great sacrifice Italy was finally unified—and turned out to be just as fragile, impoverished, and backward as it had been before. The resentments this created led to Italy’s destructive role in World War I, the subsequent rise of Mussolini and authoritarianism in the 1920s and ’30s, and the nation's humiliating defeat in World War II. This haunting legacy deeply informs the Italy of today.

Christopher Duggan skillfully interweaves Italy's art, music, literature, and architecture with its economic and social realities and political development to tell this extraordinary European story. The first English-language book to cover the full scope of modern Italy, from its origins more than two hundred years ago to the present, The Force of Destiny is a brilliant and comprehensive study—and a frightening example of how easily nation-building and nationalism can slip toward authoritarianism and war.

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ISBN-13:
9780618353675
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents List of Illustrations xi List of Maps xiii Preface xv

Part One: Awakening, 1796–1815 1 Deliverance, 1796–9 3 2 Searching for the Nation’s Soul 24 3 Conspiracy and Resistance 48

Part Two: Preaching, 1815–46 4 Restoration, Romanticism and Revolt, 1815–30 71 5 Fractured Past and Fractured Present 90 6 Apostles and Martyrs: Mazzini and the Democrats, 1830–44 116 7 Educators and Reformers: The Moderates 144

Part Three: Poetry, 1846–60 8 Revolution, 1846–9 165 9 Piedmont and Cavour 181 10 Unity, 1858–60 198

Part Four: Prose, 1861–87 11 The New State 217 12 The Road to Rome, 1861–70 242 13 The Threat from the South, 1870–85 259 14 National Education 274 15 Sources of Authority: King, Church and Parliament, 1870–87 298

Part Five: War, 1887–1918 16 Francesco Crispi and the ‘New European Order’, 1887–91 323 17 The Fin de Siccle Crisis 338 18 Rival Religions: Socialism and Catholicism 350 19 Nationalism 374 20 The Great War, 1915–18 390

Part Six: Fascism, 1919–43 21 Civil War and the Advent of Fascism, 1919–22 407 22 The Establishment of a Dictatorship, 1922–5 433 23 The Fascist Ethical State 449 24 Community of Believers 475 25 A Place in the Sun, 1929–36 488 26 Into the Abyss, 1936–43 506

Part Seven: Parties 27 The Foundations of the Republic, 1943–57 529 28 The Economic Miracle, 1958–75 548 29 Towards the ‘Second Republic’ 568

References 588 Index 627

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have personal enjoyed this enlighting book on the country of Italy. From its rise as a kingdom, to the fall fascists, and to the mordern miracle of the economy in the 1970s, this country has gone through a turbulent history. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys history and Italy.