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The history of Italy
Killinger, Charles L.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xxiii, 229 pages ; 24 cm.
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1430 Lexile.
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What is Italy? In 1814 Austrian Chancellor M. de Metternich dismissed it as a mere geographical expression, because political control of the peninsula had long been divided among self-governing cities, possessions of foreign dynasties, and the Vatican. Prior to that, Italy had formed the home base of the Roman Empire. It was not until 1861 that a united Italy emerged. This concise, and clearly written account explores Italian history and culture from the Etruscans to the present day.

Starting with an introduction providing data on Italy's geography, people, and current government, the book examines the political and cultural history of the country in eleven chapters. Readers will discover the Romans, Lombards, popes, Guelphs, Ghibbellines, the Medici, the Risorgimento, sculptors, composers, Fascists, Christian Democrats, and many other people and events of Italy's rich history. Included are a biographical section with portraits of noteworthy Italians, an extensive bibliographical essay, a glossary of terms, and an index, making this book the most complete and up-to-date general history of the nation available.

Author Notes

CHARLES L. KILLINGER is Professor of History at Valencia Community College and Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches Italian history. He is the author of Rebel in Two Worlds: Gaetano Salvemini in Italy and America (Praeger, 2002).

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Timeline of Historical Eventsp. xv
1 An Introduction to Modern Italyp. 1
2 Italy in the Ancient and Classical Agesp. 15
3 Italy in the Middle Ages, 400-1300p. 45
4 Renaissance Italy, 1300-1500p. 63
5 Early Modern Italy, 1500-1789p. 83
6 The French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Restoration of Austrian Power in Italy, 1789-1848p. 93
7 Unification of Italy: the Risorgimento and the "making of Italians," 1848-1900p. 107
8 The Era of Giolitti and World War I, 1900-1918p. 125
9 The Fascist Era and World War Ii, 1919-1945p. 139
10 Postwar Italian Political and Economic Lifep. 159
11 Postwar Italian Society and Culturep. 175
Notable People in the History of Italyp. 187
Glossary of Selected Termsp. 195
Bibliographic Essayp. 199
Indexp. 217
About the Authorp. 231