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Historical dictionary of modern Italy
Gilbert, Mark, 1961-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1999]

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xxxvi, 463 pages ; 23 cm.
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DG555 .G53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Over 350 dictionary-style entries illustrate the rich complexity of Italy's evolution, especially in the twentieth century. Special attention is paid to the political figures, intellectual movements, and formative events.

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Booklist Review

Four new titles in established series. The Australia volume is part of the Asian/Oceanian Historical Dictionaries series. The volumes on Italy and Slovakia are part of the European Historical Dictionaries series, and the volume on Vienna is number eight in the Historical Dictionaries of Cities of the World series.

Choice Review

This volume can best be understood by comparing it with Dictionary Of Modern Italian History, ed. by Frank J. Coppa (CH, Dec'85). Apart from being more recent, Gilbert and Nilsson provide better coverage of cultural figures, are less intensive concerning Italy's role in the wars of recent centuries, and treat a greater number of political figures, but their treatment of the papacy is inadequate (Pius XI's opposition to communism is mentioned but not his criticisms of Nazism.) Aids include a useful table of acronyms and abbreviations, a map (difficult to read), a chronology, and an introduction giving an overview of Italian history. Entries are brief but informative with extensive cross-references, but there is no index to point to figures like Armando Diaz, Italy's most successful general of WW I, who do not receive their own entries. Useful appendixes include lists of significant political figures and political and economic statistics; many (like school enrollment) might be omitted by other sources. One misses entries for verismo (in opera) and the composer Respighi, but calcio (described as Italy's leading religion, not just a sport) gets well-deserved attention. Recommended for use alongside Coppa to provide all-around coverage of modern Italy. T. M. Izbicki; Johns Hopkins University

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
Editor's Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xi
Mapp. xvii
Chronologyp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 23
Appendixp. 385
Table 1 Royal Heads of State
Table 2 Heads of Government, 1861-1945
Table 3 Elections to the Chamber of Deputies, 1861-1924
Table 4 National Secretaries of the PNF
Table 5 Presidents of the Republic, 1946-1997
Table 6 Italian Cabinets and Prime Ministers since 1945
Table 7 Elections to the Chamber of Deputies, 1946-1992
Table 8 Elections to the Senate, 1948-1992
Table 9 The General Election of March 27, 1994
Table 10 The General Election of April 21, 1996
Table 11 General Elections of March 27, 1994, and April 21, 1996
Table 12 Italian Resident Population by Census Return, 1861-1991
Table 13 Distribution of Working Population by Sector, 1861-1991
Table 14 Italian GNP at Constant 1938 Figures, 1861-1951
Table 15 Annual Economic Growth, 1952-1974: The Economic Miracle
Table 16 The Steady Growth of a Mature Economy: The Italian Economy in the 1990s
Table 17 Total School Enrollment, 1993-1994
Table 18 The European Union: 1996 Populations, Gross Domestic Product, and Approximate GDP per Capita
Bibliographyp. 405
About the Authorsp. 463