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Italy is a country of contrasts. Today, in nearly every respect it is a modern country, yet reminders of the past are visible everywhere. The people are as proud of their glorious past achievements as they are of their contemporary society. Past and present, old and new, quaint and modern-these contrasts will guide this introduction to Italian history and culture. Today, the country is politically interwoven with the European Union and is closely linked to the world at large. Tourist destinations such as Venice, Florence, and Rome are not just "Italian cities," they are world cities. Travel and tourism help to foster global understanding and to diminish Italians' fear that they will lose their traditions. Furthermore, in recent years Italy has become a land of economic opportunity that is attracting waves of immigrants seeking better lives. The future seems brighter than ever for this European country so steeped in history.

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ISBN-13: 9780791077696
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Series: Modern World Nations Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

2Physical Landscapes15
3Italy Through Time31
4People and Culture47
6Italy's Economy69
7Cities and Regions83
8Italy's Future103
Facts at a Glance106
History at a Glance108
Further Reading110

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