The Shortest History of Italy: 3,000 Years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a Modern Republic - A Retelling for Our Times

The Shortest History of Italy: 3,000 Years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a Modern Republic - A Retelling for Our Times

by Ross King
The Shortest History of Italy: 3,000 Years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a Modern Republic - A Retelling for Our Times

The Shortest History of Italy: 3,000 Years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a Modern Republic - A Retelling for Our Times

by Ross King

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Overview

A concise, star-studded retelling of Italy’s past, from Caesar and Augustus to da Vinci and Michelangelo, tracing the story of a country with prodigious global influence—from a foremost author of historic Italy. The Shortest History books deliver thousands of years of history in one riveting, fast-paced read.

The calendar. The Senate. The university. The piano, the heliocentric model, and the pizzeria. It’s hard to imagine a world without Italian influence—and easy to assume that inventions like these could only come from a strong, stable peninsula, sure of its place in the world. In this breakneck history, bestselling author Ross King dismantles this assumption, uncovering the story of a land rife with inner uncertainty even as its influence spread.

As the Italian tale unfolds, prosperity and power fluctuate like the elevation in the Dolomites. If Rome’s seven hills could talk, they might speak of the glorious time of Trajan—or bemoan the era of conquest and the Bubonic Plague that decimated Rome’s population. Episodes of wealth like the First Triumvirate and the time of the Medicis are given fresh life alongside descriptions the Middle Ages, the early days of Venice, the invasion of Napoleon, and the long struggle for unification.

With illustrations and maps to reinforce key details, King paints a colorful, fascinating portrait of a country that remains compelling not just to tens of millions of Italian Americans, but to the millions of Americans who visit Italy every year.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891011450
Publisher: The Experiment, LLC
Publication date: 04/16/2024
Series: Shortest History
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 175,479
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ross King is the author of many bestselling books on Italian history and art, including Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s Dome. He lectures widely on Renaissance art at museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick Collection, and the National Gallery, and is a regular participant in Italian Renaissance seminars at the Aspen Institute. He lives in the historic town of Woodstock, near Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

  • “That People in Togas”: Ancient Italy and the Roman Republic
  • “Let the Die Be Cast”: The Crisis of the Roman Republic
  • “Masters of All in Existence”: The Roman Empire
  • “From a Kingdom of Gold to One of Iron and Rust”: Decline and Fall of the Empire
  • Goths, Longbeards, Franks, Saracens, and Normans: Italy Under the “Barbarians”
  • “All the Cities of Italy”: The Middle Ages
  • Italy’s Age of Gold: The Renaissance
  • “Go, Thought, on Golden Wings”: Italy in the Illuminismo
  • “Here We Make Italy”: The Risorgimento
  • “Dov’e La Vittoria?”: The Kingdom of Italy
  • The “Putrid Corpse” of Liberty: Italy Under Fascism
  • “Andra Tutto Bene”: Italy Since the War
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