The Archipelago (Paperback)-John Foot

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (Jun 28 2018)
Language: English
Hardcover: 496 pages
Ishbhn-10: 1408827247
Ishbhn-13: 978-1408827246
Item weight: 902 G

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Italy is, today, the world's fifth industrial power - a center of the fashion and design industries and a global tourist destination. Its history has always divided historians and the general public. The country is beleaguered with a history of failure - corruption, the mafia, the weight of state bureaucracy - and political extremism. But, since emerging from the Second World War in ruins, Italy has reinvented itself time and again. It has moved forward despite its politicians and the crippling problems within many of its institutions.

In this masterful book, John Foot chronicles the story of Italy from the post-war to the present. He examines both the dark and light sides of the country: from the silent assimilation of fascists into society following the war and the troubling legacy of Silvio Berlusconi, to the artistic peak of neorealist cinema and the celebration of Italy's 150th birthday in 2011. His history steers a line between these two conflicting interpretations: the apocalyptic assessment of a country which, it is often argued, should never have been united, and a recognition of the extraordinary progress it has made since the war.

Comprising original research and lively insights, Italy Since 1945 is a definitive history of Italy, from its fields, factories, squares and housing estates to the political world and scandals of Rome.

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