The Pursuit of Italy

The Pursuit of Italy

A History of A Land, Its Regions and Their Peoples

Book - 2011
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Traces the whole history of the Italian peninsula since the Romans with full of stories and observations from personal experience, and peopled by many of the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero and Virgil to Machiavelli and the Medici, Garibaldi and Cavour, and the rather less inspiring political figures of the 20th century.

Publisher: London : Allen Lane, c2011
ISBN: 9781846142512
Branch Call Number: 945 GIL
Characteristics: xv, 447 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ;,25 cm.


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Sep 21, 2017

interesting snippet in .
In 1861, when the Italian peninsula was finally united into a single political entity, only 2.5 percent of "Italians" spoke the Italian language. In fact, the citizens of every major Italian city -- Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and others -- each spoke a different language. The situation was similar in the other countries of Europe:

Apr 08, 2015

Very concise and well written history of Italy from early times to current times. Full of insights that go far beyond the various common mythologies about Italy - very well researched and highly recommended. Gives an excellent account of the political and cultural complexities of Italy.

Jun 20, 2012

Excellent and scholarly history of Italy a must in this day of the problem in Europe

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