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A history of Italy

Author: Claudia Baldoli
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Series: Palgrave essential histories.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until the beginning of the eighteenth century, to be 'Italian' meant to identify with a number of collective memories, rather than a national memory. Yet there are elements of continuity that have shaped Italian identity over the past 1,500 years. Religion, food, art and architecture, a literary language, as well as a particular relationship between cities and countryside, between family and civil society have all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Baldoli
ISBN: 9781403986153 1403986150 9781403986160 1403986169
OCLC Number: 232981064
Description: xix, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction ----
The 'barbarian' Middle Ages : invasions, culture, religion ---
The Middle Ages of the cities ---
The Middle Ages of the courts ---
Renaissance Italy : from the European model to the 'end of Italy'? ---
Under popes and distant kings : Italy in the age of the Baroque ---
A national melodrama : the epic of the Risorgimento ---
Liberal Italy ---
From hunger to hedonism : Italy in the twentieth century ---
Conclusion.
Series Title: Palgrave essential histories.
Responsibility: Claudia Baldoli.

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Until the beginning of the eighteenth century, to be 'Italian' meant to identify with a number of collective memories, rather than a national memory. Yet there are elements of continuity that have shaped Italian identity over the past 1,500 years. Religion, food, art and architecture, a literary language, as well as a particular relationship between cities and countryside, between family and civil society have all contributed to present day Italian culture and politics. Baldoli explores the history of Italy as a country, rather than as a nation, in order to trace its fascinating cultural and political development. Offering a way into each period of Italian history, the book brings Italy's past to life with extracts from poetry, novels and music. Drawing on the latest research published in English and Italian, this is the ideal introduction for all those interested in Italy's cultural and social past and its significance for the country's present. -- Book cover.

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