A sense of failure pervades Italian history: the failure of the Liberal State after unification to democratize, mobilize and modernize Italian politics, economy and society; the rise of Fascism as a reflection of these shortcomings; the problems of the post-war Republic, tainted by corruption, organized crime and terrorism. The notion has arisen of Italy as a deviant nation, unable or unwilling to follow the ‘normal’ path of state development. These perceptions are the stuff of historical debate, and it is with the ebb and flow of interpretation that this study is principally concerned. In each of the three sections –Liberal Italy, Fascist Italy and Italy from the occupation until the end of the ‘First’ Republic – Carter describes and evaluates the historiographical contours. The politics, economic developments and society and culture of each period are thoroughly analyzed, and an overview of recent research into hitherto neglected areas of study, such as gender, popular culture, and sport, is also included. This book is an invaluable guide for those wishing to get swiftly to the heart of the issues in modern Italian history.
Nick Carter has written a lively account of Italian history since the Risorgimeno, steering his way judiciously between the many passionate debates that are still fought out over the meaning of this (as every) past. Professor Richard Bosworth, Dept. of History, University of Reading and the University of Western Australia
PART 1..1. The Politics Of Liberal Italy..2. The Economy Of Liberal Italy..3 .Society And Culture In Liberal Italy..PART 2..4. Fascist Politics..5. Fascism And The Economy..6. Society And Culture Under Fascism..PART 3..7. Italian Politics From The Fall Of Mussolini To The Rise Of Berlusconi..8. The Post-War Italian Economy..9. Post-War Society And Culture