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The pursuit of Italy : a history of a land, its regions, and their peoples

Author: David Gilmour
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011b.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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The author, a historian has provided a coherent, persuasive, and entertaining interpretation of the paradoxes of Italian life, past and present. Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The author's exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Gilmour
ISBN: 9780374283162 0374283168 9780141043418 0141043415 9780374533601 0374533601
OCLC Number: 706020981
Description: xv, 447 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Diverse Italies --
Fractured geography --
Italian peoples--
Linguistic Italy --
Imperial Italies --
Roman Italy --
Barbarian and Byzantine Italy ; Italia Germanica --
Cities and powers --
Communal dreams --
Communal realities --
Republican Italy --
Princely Italy --
Adriatic Venice --
Disputed Italies --
Foreign rulers --
Enlightened Italy --
Napoleonic Italy --
Italy and the Restoration --
Revolutionary Italies --
Romantic Italy --
Insurgent Italy --
Operatic Italy --
The making of Italy --
Piedmont, 1850s --
Lombardy and the duchies, 1859 --
Sicily and Naples, 1860 --
Venice (1866) and Rome (1870) --
Legendary Italy --
The generation of giants --
The wisest statesman --
The noblest Roman --
Father of the nation --
Some generals and an admiral --
The Risorgimento without heroes --
Making Italians --
Piedmont comes to Naples --
Sicily goes downhill --
Rome and Parliament --
Beautiful legends --
The quest for glory --
The bear of Busseto --
Nationalist Italy --
Little Italy --
Bellicose Italy --
Ruptured Italy --
Fascist Italy --
Italia Romana --
Italia Imperiale --
Cold War Italy --
Christian Democrats --
Communists --
Affluent Italy --
Modern Italy --
Centrifugal Italy --
Berlusconi --
Resilient Italy.
Responsibility: David Gilmour.
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