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Sicily : Three Thousand Years of Human History - Sandra Benjamin


Three Thousand Years of Human History

Paperback Published: 18th December 2007
ISBN: 9781586421311
Number Of Pages: 498

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Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily’s fascinating tale. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily’s rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island’s culture and architecture. Sicily’s character has also been determined by what passed it by: events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades and Columbus’s discovery of the Americas, remarkably had little influence on Italy’s most famous island. Maps, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, pronunciation keys, and much more make this unique book as essential as it is enjoyable.

"A compact history of the Mediterranean's largest island, the most frequently conquered spot on earth. . . . The author does an especially good job of explaining how history never quite goes away in Sicily, how through the accretion of centuries, through so many varied influences, the island's unique culture has emerged." - Kirkus Reviews

"Benjamin . . . manages to deliver this fantastic island in all its kaleidoscopic variety. Although she takes us from pre-history to present day, the pace feels unhurried and the writing almost conversational." - The Providence Journal (A Best Book of the Year)

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Liparip. 1
The Greek Periodp. 9
Transition: The Romans Conquer the Island (263 B.C.-212 B.C.)p. 72
Romansp. 78
Transition: Germanic Peoples Move South (ca 425-468)p. 114
Vandals, Goths, Byzantinesp. 115
Transition: The Coming of the Muslims (827-902)p. 129
Muslimsp. 132
Transition: The Coming of the Normans (1061-1091)p. 145
Normansp. 150
Transition: From Hauteville to Hohenstaufen (1189-1194)p. 182
Hohenstaufensp. 185
Transition: From Angevin to Aragon (1282-1285)p. 217
Spanishp. 221
Transition: A Break from the Spanish (1713-1734)p. 260
Bourbonsp. 266
Transition: Garibaldi (1848-1860)p. 302
The Savoy Kingdom of Italyp. 311
Transition: World War II and Its Aftermath (1943-1948)p. 378
Autonomous Regionp. 384
Statistical Tablesp. 457
Glossary and Notes on Italian Word Endingsp. 461
Glossary of Namesp. 463
Notesp. 473
Bibliographical Notep. 479
Indexp. 483
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ISBN: 9781586421311
ISBN-10: 158642131X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 18th December 2007
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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