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Author Gilmour, David, 1952-

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

Publ Info New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition First American edition
 RWU Main Library  DG467 .G55 2011    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  DG467 .G55 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xv, 447 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 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
Note Historian David Gilmour 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? Gilmour'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. Gilmour 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
LC subject Italy -- History
Italy -- Civilization
ISBN 9780374283162 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374283168 (hardcover : alk. paper)