Force of Destiny A History of Italy since 1796

ISBN-10: 0618353674

ISBN-13: 9780618353675

Edition: 2008

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Description: A sweeping, dramatic, first-of-its-kind history of the creation of modern Italy. The birth of modern Italy was a messy affair. Inspired by a small group of writers, intellectuals, and politicians, Italy struggled in the first half of the nineteenth century to unite all Italian speakers under one rule, throwing aside a multitude of corrupt old rulers and colonial occupiers. In the midst of all this turmoil, Italian politicians felt compelled by a "force of destiny" hideously at odds with Italian reality. After immense sacrifice Italy was finally unified-and turned out to be just as impoverished, backward, and marginal as it had been before. The resentments this created fed Italys destructive role in World War I, the subsequent rise of Mussolini and authoritarianism in the 1920s and 30s, and finally their humiliating defeat in World War II. This haunting legacy deeply informs the Italy of today. The first English language book to cover the full scope of modern Italy, from its official birth almost a century and a half ago to today, The Force of Destiny is a brilliant and comprehensive study of Italy-and a frightening example of how easily nation-building and nationalism can slip toward authoritarianism and war.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 688
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Christopher Duggan is Professor of Modern Italian History at the University of Reading

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Awakening, 1796-1815
Deliverance, 1796-9
Searching for the Nation's Soul
Conspiracy and Resistance
Preaching, 1815-46
Restoration, Romanticism and Revolt, 1815-30
Fractured Past and Fractured Present
Apostles and Martyrs: Mazzini and the Democrats, 1830-44
Educators and Reformers: The Moderates
Poetry, 1846-60
Revolution, 1846-9
Piedmont and Cavour
Unity, 1858-60
Prose, 1861-87
The New State
The Road to Rome, 1861-70
The Threat from the South, 1870-85
National Education
Sources of Authority: King, Church and Parliament, 1870-87
War, 1887-1918
Francesco Crispi and the 'New European Order', 1887-91
The Fin de Siecle Crisis
Rival Religions: Socialism and Catholicism
Nationalism
The Great War, 1915-18
Fascism, 1919-43
Civil War and the Advent of Fascism, 1919-22
The Establishment of a Dictatorship, 1922-5
The Fascist Ethical State
Community of Believers
A Place in the Sun, 1929-36
Into the Abyss, 1936-43
Parties
The Foundations of the Republic, 1943-57
The Economic Miracle, 1958-75
Towards the 'Second Republic'
References
Index
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