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Modern Italy : A Very Short Introduction - Anna Cento Bull

Modern Italy

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st January 2017
ISBN: 9780198726517
Number Of Pages: 144

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The history of modern Italy is characterized by recurrent cultural and political projects of modernity, rejuvenation, and regeneration; projects which often had their roots in a widespread dissatisfaction with social and political reality, and perceived moral corruption. The Risorgimento, the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861, explicitly linked the quest for national unity to a process of moral regeneration and progress. Later forms of nationalism and the rise of fascism in the first two decades of the twentieth century advocated a spiritual revolution and the moulding of new Italians through war and violence. The tragic outcome of Italian fascism led to the emergence of new visions of progress during the post-war First Republic, in which European integration was embraced with conviction. In the last 25 years a project of of modernization epitomized by Silvio Berlusconi has characterized Italian politics, invoking a mixture of nationalist themes and an uncritical embracing of consumer and media culture.

In this Very Short Introduction Anna Cento Bull addresses the question of what modernity means to Italy, and asks what modern Italy stands for. She considers Italy's political system and style of government, and looks at its economic modernisation and issues with emigration, internal migration and immigration. Bull concludes by looking at the Italian culture and lifestyle, including modern art and architecture, cinema, literature, gastronomy, fashion and sport.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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They say 'good things come in small packages' and this compact tome definitely proves the point. Packed into its 140-odd pages is all any italophile needs to know about the evolution of Modern Italy from the Risorgimento in the mid-1800s to the present day ... this snappy small-format guide is crammed with detail but never dry - the tone easy and accessible. An excellent overview, not to be missed. * Italia! *

Introduction 1: Projects of modernity 2: Governing Italy 3: Made in Italy 4: Emigration, immigration and citizenship 5: Art, culture, sport and diplomacy: Italy's 'soft' power Conclusion References Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780198726517
ISBN-10: 0198726511
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st January 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.1  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.13

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