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  • Authored by: Roland Sarti
  • From the Series: European Nations
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  • ISBN-10: 0816074747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7474-7
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2004
  • Dewey Number: 945
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 720


The home of popes and the Catholic Church, a place where celebrated artists and influential political thinkers have congregated, and a land of great beauty with a long and fascinating history, Italy is one of Europe's most distinguished countries. Exploring more than 500 years of the country's history, Italy provides readers interested in modern Italy or European history with a greater understanding of Italy's past, from the Renaissance to the present.

Concise and comprehensive, this guide presents the milestones in Italy's history in an interesting and readable way. Containing information in a variety of useful formats—including a concise narrative history, a chronology of important events, and an A-to-Z dictionary of key people, events, ideas, and places—Italy is a key reference to a country that is often studied in school and is of high interest to general readers as well. Major areas of coverage include Italy’s special relationship with America, Italy’s troubled political history, and the contributions made by Italian culture to the world.

Coverage includes:

  • Agriculture
  • Black Shirts
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Italo Calvino
  • Baldassarre Castiglione
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Umberto Eco
  • Education
  • Ethiopian War
  • Futurism
  • Holy See
  • Italian Nationalist Association
  • Jews in Italy
  • John Paul II
  • Maria Theresa
  • Milan
  • Benito Mussolini
  • Opera
  • Papacy
  • Population
  • Quota 90
  • Roman Question
  • Terni Steel Works
  • World War II
  • Young Italy.



Reviews and Awards

"...a good first stop for any high-school or college student studying the historical events and ideas that make a nation's modern history. When writing a research paper or preparing for a debate...[it] should be consulted often for quick facts or for a summary of the grand sweep of history. Recommended for public, high-school, and college libraries."

"...impressive...The author's clear and succinct prose style renders the book eminently readable...provides accurate, detailed information to readers seeking to learn more about this fascinating nation."
Phi Kappa Phi Forum

"High school and college students will find this a helpful resource as they study Italy's place in European history."
American Reference Books Annual

"...superior coverage...Highly recommended."

"Highly recommended."

"...a very useful and accessible book for the general reader, for the student and for the scholar alike. It offers an illuminating and complete survey of Italian history, full of interesting and scarcely known anecdotes. A necessary volume for all libraries, it will also find its place on many historians’ shelves."
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