Italy and Its Invaders

Italy and Its Invaders

Paperback Language: English / Italian

By (author) Girolamo Arnaldi, Translated by Antony Shugaar

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Language: English / Italian
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674030338
  • ISBN 13: 9780674030336

Product description

From the earliest times, successive waves of foreign invaders have left their mark on Italy. Beginning with Germanic invasions that undermined the Roman Empire and culminating with the establishment of the modern nation, Girolamo Arnaldi explores the dynamic exchange between outsider and "native," liberally illustrated with interpretations of the foreigners drawn from a range of sources. Accessible and entertaining, this outside-in history of Italy is a telling reminder of the many interwoven strands that make up the fabric of modern Europe.

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Girolamo Arnaldi is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Bologna and University of Rome, La Sapienza.

Review quote

"[Arnaldi's] interests stretch from the sack of Rome by Alaric to the American liberation of Italy in World War II... This elegant volume is an opportunity to consider the broad sweeps of history... It in some ways accomplishes more than the author claims, by making clear the central issues of Italian identity over centuries, and illustrating the shifting nature of how Italians have viewed themselves. A reader will be enriched by understanding the central flow of events that Arnaldi presents in their broadest context." - John Lewis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Arnaldi's book is a little gem, informative and fair on the historical vicissitudes of the peninsula." - Antonio Santosuosso, International History Review"

Table of contents

Preface 1. From the Sack of Rome to Odoacer, "King of the Nations" 2. Ostrogoths, Romans of Italy and Romans of the East 3. The Longobards in War and Peace and the Origins of the Temporal Dominion of the Popes and of Venice 4. In the Empire of Charlemagne and within the Shelter of the City Walls 5. Germans at Legnano, Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily 6. The Meteor Frederick II and the Bitter "Chickpeas" of the French in Sicily 7. The Chalk of Charles VIII and the Lance of Fieramosca 8. Milan and Naples in the Castilian Empire 9. The Austrians and the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom 10. A Pseudoconquest and a True Liberation Notes Index