Italy and Its Discontents: Family, Civil Society, State
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Italy and Its Discontents: Family, Civil Society, State

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A major bestseller in Italy, Paul Ginsborg's account of this most recent and dynamic period in Italy's history is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemoprary Italy. Ginsborg chronicles a period that witnessed a radical transformation in the country's social, economic and political landscape, creating a fascinating and definitve account of how Italy has...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 28th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1998)
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This has been in a pile of books next to my bed for a couple of years (birthday present from Anneliese I think - thanks!) and the feeling that I really needed to understand what happened to the Itlian left finally reached critical point, so I read it....

And a fascinating read it is as well' Ginsborg's line of reasoning comes from his appreciation of just how fragmented Italian society and its political structures have been for centuries, and how, in the absence of the rule of law, all sorts of f...more
Written by an outsider, Italy and Its Discontents provides an engaged overview of events in and formulations of Italian society. The book starts with the economics and family structures of—and leading into—the period covered, and then moves on to the actions and struggles of various political groups and actors. According to the text, Italian society never developed a strong 'Weberian' concept of the state; private and public powers are intermixed, and the state is modeled after the family. The s...more
There is never a dull moment when reading about Italian politics, and therein lies the tragedy!
May 10, 2010 Bap marked it as to-read
Just as I lamented that I had not seen a book that covers modern Italian politics, post 1988, I came across this to place on m to-read list.
Marc L
Knappe geschiedenis van het recente Italiê. Linkse invalshoek. Maar ook knappe sociologische invalshoeken.
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