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Sicily : an island at the crossroads of history

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"'Sicily, ' said Goethe, 'is the key to everything.' The birthplace of Archimedes, Georgio de Chirico, and Muhammad al-Idrisi, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, the link between the Latin world and the Greek, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-point, it has been fought over and occupied in turn by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Julius Norwich
ISBN: 9780812995176 0812995171 0812995198 9780812995190
OCLC Number: 904715530
Description: xxvii, 362 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Greeks --
2. Carthaginians --
3. Romans, Barbarians, Byzantines, Arabs --
4. Normans --
5. The End of the Kingdom --
6. Stupor Mundi --
7. The Vespers --
8. The Domination of Spain --
9. Piracy and Revolution --
10. The Coming of the Bourbons --
11. Napoleon, Nelson and the Hamiltons --
12. Joseph and Joachim --
13. The End of the Murats --
14. The Carbonari and the Quarantotto --
15. Risorgimento --
16. The Mafia and Mussolini --
17. The Second World War --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: John Julius Norwich.

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"'Sicily, ' said Goethe, 'is the key to everything.' The birthplace of Archimedes, Georgio de Chirico, and Muhammad al-Idrisi, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, the link between the Latin world and the Greek, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-point, it has been fought over and occupied in turn by all the great powers that have striven over the centuries to extend their dominion across the Middle Sea. John Julius Norwich offers a vivid, erudite, page-turning account of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a feared Greek city-state to its rise as a wealthy, multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, to its rebellion against Italian unification and the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history--the Roman fascination with Greek culture dates back to their sack of Sicily--and tells the story of one of the world's most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way"--

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