Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture

ISBN-10: 0028642341
ISBN-13: 9780028642345
Edition: 2002
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Description: Telling the story of Italy and Italians, this introduction to a fascinating culture covers the cities, religion, historical figures, politics, food, the Mafia, fashions, modern icons and the making of modern Italy.

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Telling the story of Italy and Italians, this introduction to a fascinating culture covers the cities, religion, historical figures, politics, food, the Mafia, fashions, modern icons and the making of modern Italy.

A Portrait
The Magic of Italy
Sibling Rivalry
Italy Yesterday and Today
Why Learn About Italy?
What Turns You On?
What's Hot in Italy Today?
How to Approach Italy and Her Story
Che Panorama!
The Boot
From Puglia to Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The City-States Within
Home Is Where the Heart Is
In the Middle of the Earth
Water, Water Everywhere
Natural Disasters
Festa Anyone?
Who Are the Italians?
What Makes an Italian?
A World of Italians
La Famiglia E Sacra
What's in a Name?
Can Anyone Be Italian?
From Shore to Shore
Searching for Something Better
They Came in Waves
The Italian Community
Spaghetti and Bullets
The Dream Lives On
The Sound of Music
Express Yourself
Kissing Cousins: Dialects
The Most Important Phrases You'll Ever
Gestures
What's in a Name?
When Speaking Italian Was a Crime
Tota Italia
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
Your Mother Was a Wolf
Before There Was Rome
The Roman Republic
Built to Last
That's Entertainment, Folks
The Slaves
The Early Christians
You're Great, Constantine!
Rome Today
The Medieval Minestrone
The Middle of What?
An Architectural Primer
Know Your Parts
Family Feudalism
Apocalypse Then
All Roads Lead to Rome
St. Francis of Assisi
Santa Clara
Popes, Politics, and Power
Rome: Seat of the Vatican
Peter Picked a Pope
In Hoc Signo Vinces
Monasteries and Abbeys Become the Rage
Rites of the Church
Best to Conform
Pope John Paul II
Pope Trivia
Leaving the Middle Ages
Famine
Bigger Weapons, Bolder Warlords
Black Death and Bankruptcies
Let There Be Light
Ringing in the Renaissance
The Emergence of Tuscan
Dante
Bawdy Boccaccio
The Modern Man
Quantum Leaps
Can You Spare a Florin? Banking and Commerce
Banker's Hours
Break the Bank
Starving Artist--Will Work for Money
Power in Numbers: The Guilds
Funny Money
Strange Bedfellows
Cities? States? City-States!
Florence: The Medici
Florence: Art in the Square
Milan: The Sforza Family
Ferrara: The Este
Mantova: The Gonzagas
Urbino: The Montefeltros
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Festivities
Cover Your Assets
Golden Age of Rome
Bedroom Politics
How to Be a Prince
Savonarola: Prophet of Doom
Putti, Painters, and the Arts
Bravissimo! The Renaissance
Humanists Are People, Too
The Platonic Academy
A Brief Renaissance Who's Who of Italian Artists
Great Discoveries: Here We Come!
We Like It Spicy
Marco Polo
Unsung Heroes
Christopher Columbus
Way to Go Amerigo
Giovanni Caboto
Verrazano Bridges the Gap
Read All About It: Native American Discovers Italy!
Galileo Figaro Magnifico
Other Italian Scientists
Copernicus
The Day the Music Died
Pope Paul III
The Holy Office
Baby Boom
The Beginning of the End
The Church Reigns Supreme
Cagliostro: Potion Maker
Giacomo Casanova
Violins and Lace: The Baroque
La "Dramma per Musica"
The First Operatic Giants
Opera Houses
An Opera Glossary
Highlights of Italian Music
An Idiot's Crash Course on the Players
An Explosion of Creativity
Redshirts, Blackshirts, and Greenshirts
Parlez-Vouz Francais?
The Napoleonic Empire
All in the Family
I Just Have to Have It!
Napoleon is Pastry
Red, White, and Green in the New World
Let's Call It Italia: A Nation and a Democracy
The Struggle for Unity
The Heroes of Italian Unity
A Hero Here, a Hero There
Opera: Political Voices Raised in Music
A Capital City, a National Language
You're Bringing Me Down
The Island of Tears
In Search of a Better Life
Help Wanted! Immigrants Welcome!
America Shuts the Golden Door
The World at War
The Big Picture
The Origins of Fascism
The Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
The March on Rome
Mussolini's Italian Empire
On Making Baby Fascists
The Beginning of the End
Italian Americans: Divided Loyalties
Cinecitta
Myth and Magic
Rising Up from the Ashes
Italian Parliament
The Neorealists
The Italian Miracle
Married to the Mob
Pizza, Pasta, and Fantasia
Life Is a Carnevale
Carnevale
Italian Holidays and Important Dates
I'll Bet You I Win
Il Calcio
La Passeggiata
A Driving Passion
Italian Teatro
Italy at the Movies
Italian Movie Directory
Spaghetti Doesn't Grow on Trees
Buon Appetito!
Il Vino
Olive Olives
Favorite Foods: Pasta and Pizza
Il Caffe
Italian Food Facts
Good Health Comes First
Mamma and the Madonna
There's an Exception to Every Rule
Renaissance Women
Incredible Artist Types
Santa Caterina da Siena
Won't You Marry Me?
Women for Hire
You've Come a Long Way, Bambina
I Am Woman, I Am Forte
The Long March to Equal Opportunity
Mamma Mia!
Weeping Statues and the Blood of San Gennaro
L'onomastico: Saint's Day
Weeping Statues
Padre Pio
The Malocchio and Other Charms
Fairy Tales
Made in Italy
Art of a Different Sort
Historic Clothing
No Cutoffs or Exposed Shoulders Allowed
Commedia dell'Arte
Get Me Wardrobe
Clothing Makes the Politician
Street Fashion
Business Is All the Fashion These Days
Stendhal's Syndrome
Clothing Sizes
Italy's Exports
Follow Your Muse
Writers and Thinkers
Who's Who
The Italian Influence on Education
The Arts
Science and Medicine
Science and Medicine
Medicine
Circo Massimo
The Old-Timers
Rock My World, Bambino
At the Metropolitan Opera
Cinema
Actors
Let's Have a Festa
Sports
Friends and Favors: Powerful Players
Great Rulers, Now and Forever
Quite a Resume
Italian-American Power Women
Industry Leaders
Food Giants
What's Cooking?
Italian Americans Commemorate Italian Americans
Share Your Talents
Appendixes
Glossary
Web Resources
Suggested Films and Books
Map of Italy
Index

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