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Modern Italy: A Political History

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This history of modern Italy began in March 1861 when Count Camillo Cavour proclaimed a united Italian kingdom with the goal of creating a prosperous, liberal new power in Europe. For a country whose ancient heritage had placed it at the center of western culture, this late entry into nationhood and rapid reach for power would bring frequent crisis. In this fully revised e ...more
Hardcover, 522 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by University of Michigan Press (first published April 1st 1957)
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Mike
Nov 11, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing
For Italy, the Risorgimento is sort of like the United States' Civil War: calamitous events leading to a unification of disparate, often antithetical, groups and governments. From then on all conflicts were subsumed under a single identity.

This book starts at that point in history where Earth's most famous boot became a single nation (mid 19th century) and tells its story up until 1995. A political history, focus is trained on the names and organizations that conjugated and elaborated Italian po
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Matthew Dambro
Sep 07, 2015 Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing
Smith is one of the leading English scholars in Italian history. This volume was originally finished in 1958, then thoroughly revised. It is essentially a textbook but eminently readable and illuminating. His knowledge of the Byzantine passageways of modern (1996) Italian politics is astounding. My main interest (Southern Italy 1880-1920) is magnificent. I now understand why my grandparents emigrated to the United States shortly after World War I. It is a beautifully written and researched book
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