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Italy : a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present /
Roland Sarti.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2004.
description
viii, 712 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0816045224
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Book
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imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2004.
isbn
0816045224
catalogue key
5343979
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
The home of popes and the Catholic Church, a place where celebrated artists and influential political thinkers have congregated, and a land of great beauty with a long and fascinating history, Italy is one of Europe's most distinguished countries. Exploring more than 500 years of the country's history, Italy provides readers interested in modern Italy or European history with a greater understanding of Italy's past, from the Renaissance to the present.
Concise and comprehensive, this guide presents the milestones in Italy's history in an interesting and readable way. Containing information in a variety of useful formats—including a concise narrative history, a chronology of important events, and an A-to-Z dictionary of key people, events, ideas, and places—Italy is a key reference to a country that is often studied in school and is of high interest to general readers as well. Major areas of coverage include Italy's special relationship with America, Italy's troubled political history, and the contributions made by Italian culture to the world.
Coverage includes:
Agriculture
Black Shirts
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italo Calvino
Baldassarre Castiglione
Christopher Columbus
Umberto Eco
Education
Ethiopian War
Futurism
Holy See
Italian Nationalist Association
Jews in Italy
John Paul II
Maria Theresa
Milan
Benito Mussolini
Opera
Papacy
Population
Quota 90
Roman Question
Terni Steel Works
World War II
Young Italy.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
Sarti attempts to cover in a single volume Italian history, political and cultural, Renaissance to the present. Following the foreword and introduction, he provides brief historical sketches that, like the guide itself, are strongest in their coverage of the 19th and 20th centuries. There follow alphabetically arranged dictionary entries, a chronology, appendixes with six maps of Italy and related regions (the Italian empire in Africa is included in one), and lists of rulers and statesmen of Italy, 1861 to the present. A bibliography of works in English and an alphabetical index conclude the book. Entries in the dictionary briefly consider people, groups, regions, movements, and events. No articles have bibliographies, but the general bibliography suffices for most topics. There are generous cross-references and some illustrations in black and white. The maps and chronology are satisfactory in an introductory guide. The nearest rival is Frank Coppa's Dictionary of Modern Italian History (1985), which is better focused on the 18th century to the present; Sarti's is strongest for the same periods. Sarti provides superior coverage of cultural matters, particularly music. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Smaller academic libraries. T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University
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Summaries
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The home of popes and the Catholic Church
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The home of popes and the Catholic Church, a place where celebrated artists and influential political thinkers have congregated, and a land of great beauty with a long and fascinating history, Italy is one of Europe's most distinguished countries. Exploring more than 500 years of the country's history, Italy provides readers interested in modern Italy or European history with a greater understanding of Italy's past, from the Renaissance to the present. Concise and comprehensive, this guide presents the milestones in Italy's history in an interesting and readable way. Containing information in a variety of useful formats—including a concise narrative history, a chronology of important events, and an A-to-Z dictionary of key people, events, ideas, and places—Italy is a key reference to a country that is often studied in school and is of high interest to general readers as well. Major areas of coverage include Italy's special relationship with America, Italy's troubled political history, and the contributions made by Italian culture to the world. Coverage includes: Agriculture Black Shirts Michelangelo Buonarroti Italo Calvino Baldassarre Castiglione Christopher Columbus Umberto Eco Education Ethiopian War Futurism Holy See Italian Nationalist Association Jews in Italy John Paul II Maria Theresa Milan Benito Mussolini Opera Papacy Population Quota 90 Roman Question Terni Steel Works World War II Young Italy.
Table of Contents
History of Italyp. 1
Geography and population movementsp. 3
The Papacyp. 7
Renaissance states and societyp. 9
Secular culture in the Age of the Enlightenmentp. 15
The French Revolution and Napoleonp. 18
The Restorationp. 22
Anti-Restoration ideas and movementsp. 27
Movements of national independence and unityp. 30
The revolutions of 1848-1849p. 33
The decade of preparationp. 35
The years of decisionp. 37
The politics of the liberal statep. 41
The liberalism of Giovanni Giolittip. 46
The Great Warp. 49
The postwar crisis and the rise of Fascismp. 53
The seizure of powerp. 58
The Fascist regime in actionp. 61
Foreign policy and the road to warp. 64
War and the downfall of the Fascist regimep. 69
Postwar reconstructionp. 75
Christian democratic dominance and Centrist Party politicsp. 79
The opening to the Leftp. 82
Profile and politics of a changing worldp. 87
Historical dictionary A-Zp. 93
Rulers and statesmen of Italy, 1861 to the present
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