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Pursuit of Italy A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

ISBN-10: 0374533601
ISBN-13: 9780374533601
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Gilmour
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

A provocative, entertaining account of Italy’s diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and presentDid Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question is asked and answered in a number of ways in this engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance—and weakness—of Italy today.David Gilmour’s wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled by the great figures of the Italian past—from Cicero and Virgil to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. His wise account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era.Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy’s inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy’s strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.

List of Illustrations
Maps
Introduction
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
List of Books Used and Cited in the Text
Notes
Index

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