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A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics 1943-1988

A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics 1943-1988

by Paul Ginsborg


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From a war-torn and poverty-stricken country, regional and predominantly agrarian, to the success story of recent years, Italy has witnessed the most profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its entire history. Yet the other recurrent theme of the period has been the overwhelming need for political reform--and the repeated failure to achieve it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to combine social and political perspectives--is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and "the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140124965
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/02/1991
Series: Penguin History
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.74(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Paul Ginsborg is Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence. His previous publications include Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.

Table of Contents

Italy at War * Resistance and Liberation * The Post-War Settlement, 1945-8 * The Agrarian Reform * Christian Democracy in State and Society * Left-Wing Politics and the Working-Class Movement in the 1950s * The "Economic Miracle", Rural Exodus and Social Transformation, 1958-63 * The Center-Left, 1958-68 * The Era of Collective Action, 1968-73 * Crisis, Compromise, and the "Anni di Piombo", 1973-80 * Italy in the 1980s

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