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Sicily : an illustrated history
Privitera, Joseph Frederic, 1914-
Publication Information:
New York : Hippocrene Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 152 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Sicily was the jewel of the Mediterranean, and Sicilians were the first civilized people of the Western World-here is their rich and diverse history in crisp prose and lively illustration. This concise history relates how Sicily rose to become the first independent, civilized nation of greater Italy, as well as home to many of the world's most distinguished philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists. The narrative subsequently recounts the region's millennium-long decline at the hands of foreign invaders, its hard-won battle for freedom in 1860 under the leadership of Giuseppe Garibaldi, and its current status as a center for art and tourism.

Author Notes

Dr. Joseph F. Privitera is one of America's foremost experts on Sicily. A retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and former university professor of romance languages, he has devoted a lifetime to language study and research

Table of Contents

Lorraine Hanson
Acknowledgmentp. v
Sicilyp. vi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Trinacriap. 3
The Greeksp. 3
Athens vs. Trinacriap. 11
Phoenician Invasion under Hannibalp. 11
Dionysius Ip. 12
Dionysius II, Dion, and Timoleonp. 13
Agathocles and Pyrrhusp. 14
Sicilian Greecep. 15
Empedoclesp. 17
Archimedesp. 17
Platop. 18
The Mythsp. 18
Enter Romep. 21
The First Punic Warp. 21
The Sicilian Languagep. 22
Under Teutonic Masters, and the Byzantine Empirep. 24
The Saracensp. 25
Sicily--A Muslim Landp. 25
The Saracen Legacyp. 29
The Mattanzap. 30
Poetryp. 31
Arabic Influence on the Sicilian Languagep. 32
The Normansp. 35
Crusade to the Southp. 35
Enter the Hautevillesp. 37
Sicilyp. 44
Palermop. 47
Great Count Roger Ip. 52
Adelaidep. 54
King Rogerp. 55
William I and William IIp. 63
The Hohenstaufensp. 67
The Great Frederick--Half-Norman, Half-Germanp. 67
Frederick II, Stupor Mundip. 68
The Sicilian Vespersp. 73
Peter of Aragonp. 76
Frederick IIIp. 78
The Bubonic Plaguep. 79
Under the Spanish Heelp. 81
Greed, Chaos, Faminep. 81
The Spanish Inquisitionp. 86
The Age of Darkness--Rule of the Spanish Viceroysp. 89
The Viceroysp. 89
Sicily Serves the King's Interestp. 91
The Brigandsp. 92
The Baronsp. 92
The Churchp. 94
The Inquisitionp. 95
The Economyp. 96
Agriculturep. 98
Industry and the Citiesp. 99
The Economy After 1600p. 100
Spanish Sicily Disintegratesp. 103
The Beginning of the Endp. 103
The Palermo Revolt of 1647p. 103
The Rebellion of Messinap. 104
The Last Years of Spanish Administrationp. 107
The Bourbonsp. 109
Sicily Under Three New Mastersp. 109
The Spanish Bourbonsp. 111
The Viceroyalty of Caracciolop. 113
Decline and Fall of the Bourbonsp. 116
Giuseppe Garibaldip. 121
The Bourbons are Routedp. 121
After Garibaldip. 124
Into the 20th Centuryp. 129
Italy at Warp. 129
The Dark Age of Fascismp. 129
World War IIp. 130
Sicily and the Mafiap. 132
World War II to the Present Dayp. 132
Sicilia--Quo Vadis?p. 135
Tourismp. 135
Folk Poetryp. 135
The Theaterp. 136
Sicilian Poetsp. 136
Painting and Musicp. 138
The Novelp. 140
Epilogue as Prologuep. 141
Indexp. 145