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Modern Italian history : an annotated bibliography
Coppa, Frank J.
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New York : Greenwood Press, [1990]

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ix, 226 pages ; 25 cm.
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Includes indexes.
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Z2358 .C67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Focusing on modern Italian history from the Age of the Enlightenment to the present, this reference work augments and serves as a companion and bibliographical supplement to Coppa's earlier volume, Dictionary of Modern Italian History (Greenwood Press, 1985), which surveyed the chief events, figures, institutions, and developments from the 18th century to the present in short bibliographical entries. Select rather than comprehensive, this compact volume provides publication data and annotations ranging from two sentences to a short paragraph in length for each entry and includes only works directly examined or for which reliable reviews were available to the compilers. Entries, which represent a wide range of political, philosophical, sociological, economic, and religious monographs and histories, include books and articles produced in America and Europe during the last two decades, with a selection of works published prior to 1970, and a number of U.S. and Canadian dissertations. Also reviewed are a select number of works in the arts, social sciences, and the humanities.

The entries are classified in seven parts which include two sections for works that encompass more than one period of Italian history: general and reference works/bibliographic studies and monographic studies. The five chronological sections follow: works on 18th century Italy, 1700-1796; the Risorgimento, 1796-1861; liberal Italy, 1861-1922; Fascist Italy, 1922-1945; and the Italian Republic, 1945 to present. Most of the works cited are written in English or Italian, with a few French, German, and Spanish titles incorporated. As a concise survey of the rich mine of recent historiographical literature on modern Italian history, this annotated bibliography will be welcomed by students and scholars of Italian affairs and should be part of the reference collections of college, university, and major public libraries.

Author Notes

FRANK J. COPPA is a Professor of History, Director of the Doctoral Program in Modern World History, and Chair of the Vatican Symposium at St. John's University. He has published over a dozen volumes on Papal and Italian History. Among his monographs are biographies of Giovanni Giolitti , Pope Pius IX , Camillo di Cavour and Cardinal Ciacomo Antonelli .

WILLIAM ROBERTS is Associate Professor of History at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author of Prophet in Exile and a contributing author of Dictionary of Modern Italian History (Greenwood Press, 1983).

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This bibliography is an outgrowth of the compiler's Dictionary of Modern Italian History (CH, Dec'85), and it shows the weaknesses of an unplanned work. Flaws abound, ranging from a very thin subject index to the absence of accents in most French titles. Primary sources rarely are listed directly, although the correspondence of Sidney Sonnino is. One misses the works of Gramsci and many others. Numerous obvious omissions occur, including the works of Gino Luzzato and some of the works that have made our image of modern Italy, like Luigi Barzini's The Italians (CH, Dec'64) and Carlo Levi's Christ Stopped at Eboli (1947). Articles are described as "Monographic Studies," and the coverage of such topics as modern Italian cinema is spotty. What the compilers do well is to compile chronological groupings of secondary literature, much of it in Italian, and to provide pointed annotations. The critique of Rudolph M. Bell's Holy Anorexia (1985), for example, is a model of a brief refutation. The insights into the limits of Italian options in foreign policy in the Liberal period are masterful. A more systematic development, including better coverage of cultural affairs and of primary sources, might have yielded a first class guide. This volume, however, can be recommended only for specialized collections supporting research and teaching on Italy. -T. M. Izbicki, Wichita State University

Table of Contents

General and Reference Works Monographic Studies Encompassing More than One Period of Italian History Works on 18th Century Italy, 1700-1796
The Risorgimento, 1796-1861 Liberal Italy, 1861-1922 Fascist Italy, 1922-1945
The Italian Republic, 1945 to Present
Author Index
Subject Index