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

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Book's title: The pursuit of Italy : a history of a land, its regions, and their peoples David Gilmour.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011022110
International Standard Book Number (ISBN):9780374283162 (hardcover : alk. paper)
International Standard Book Number (ISBN):0374283168 (hardcover : alk. paper)
System Control Number:ocn706020981
Cataloging Source:DLC eng, DLC YDX BTCTA YDXCP IK2 ABG BWX CDX BUR NSB OCLCQ BDX
Authentication Code:pcc
Geographic Area Code:e-it
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Library of Congress Call Number:DG467 .G55 2011b
Dewey Decimal Classification Number:945 23
Personal Name:Gilmour, David, 1952-
Edition Statement:1st American ed.
Publication, Distribution, etc.:New York . Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (c)2011.
Physical Description:xv, 447 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ;, 24 cm.
Bibliography, etc. Note:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: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.
Summary, etc.: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 peopled with the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero to the Medicis, from Garibaldi to the politicians of the twentieth century. Gilmour's account of the Risorgimento, the pivotal epoch in modern Italian history, debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it. Italy's inhabitants identify themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Neapolitans. This book shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines, rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.
From publisher description.
Geographic Name:Italy History.
Geographic Name:Italy Civilization.
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