The Oxford Illustrated History of Italy

The Oxford Illustrated History of Italy

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From the Roman Empire to the present day, this is the story of Italy. Until just over a century ago, Italy did not exist as a political unit, yet it was both the heart of the Christian Church and the seedbed for the extraordinary cultural flowering that was the Renaissance. In the middle ages, the merchants of Florence, Genoa, and Venice bridged Asia and Europe with their trading and financial activities, yet Italy remained a region of fiercely independent city-states. In the nineteenth century an upsurge of nationalist fervour was channelled by Garibaldi into a victorious war against Italy's Habsburg overlords. A political vision was finally realized and the nation of Italy was created. This extensively illustrated survey by twelve leading historians offers a fascinating introduction to the history and culture of more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 172.72 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 pp colour plates, numerous black and white illustrations
  • 0192854445
  • 9780192854445
  • 561,601

About George Holmes

Now retired, George Holmes was Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of more

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an engaging introduction Books Magazine Spring 2001 this is a fascinating exploration of Italian culture ... this history brings the past to vibrant life by revealing the interrelationship between society, politics, and culture. The Universe (The Catholic Universe) 14/10/1997show more

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No country in the world lends itself so well to an illustrated history as Italy. From the statues, reliefs and frescoes of ancient Rome to the paintings and sculptures of the artists of the Florentine Renaissance; from the dramatic depictions of the Risorgimento to the extravagant propaganda of the Fascist regime, illustrations covering 2000 years accompany an authoritative survey of Italy's past by 12 leading historians. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

1. From Augustus to Theodosius: Invention and Decline ; 2. The Medieval Centuries 400-1250: A Political Outline ; 3. Politics and Society 1250-1600 ; 4. Renaissance Culture ; 5. Italy 1600-1796 ; 6. Culture in the Age of Baroque and Rococo ; 7. Italy 1796-1870: The Age of the Risorgimento ; 8. Nineteenth-Century Italian Culture ; 9. Politics and Society 1870-1915 ; 10. Italy 1915-1945: Politics and Society ; 11. Twentieth-Century Culture ; 12. Italy since 1945show more

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