A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)

A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)

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Christopher Duggan
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 12/5/2013
EAN 9780521747431, ISBN10: 0521747430

Paperback, 368 pages, 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century. With a new, extensive bibliographical essay and a detailed chronology, this is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

1. The geographical determinants of disunity
the vulnerability of a long peninsula
2. Disunity and conflict
from the Romans to the Renaissance, 400–1494, the Dark Ages, 400–1000
3. Stagnation and reform, 1494–1789
the invasions of Italy
4. The emergence of the national question, 1789–1849
the impact of the French Revolution
5. Italy united
6. The liberal state and the social question, 1870–1900
the taking of Rome
7. Giolitti, the First World War, and the rise of Fascism
economic growth and the idealist revolt
8. Fascism
return to order, 1922–5
9. The republic
the resistance, 1943–5
Bibliographical essay