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The Shortest History of Italy

A Captivating Journey from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance to a Modern Republic

Ross King



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Black Inc
05 March 2024
'Italian history has always been about resilience and rebirth ... It is a country that for so many centuries has offered up visions of the wonders to which we humans, at our very best, can aspire.'

Italy was the centre of Europe's first worldwide empire and the home of the Renaissance. Its political and cultural influences have encircled the globe. Today it is the fifth most visited country in the world. With a population of 60 million, it welcomes, each year, almost double that number of tourists. No other country has as many UNESCO World Heritage sites- fifty-eight and counting.

The Shortest History of Italy brings these and many other parts of the country alive through a panoramic sweep across some 3,000 years of politics, culture, history and larger-than-life, world-bestriding personalities such as Julius Caesar, St Francis of Assisi and Giuseppe Garibaldi, together with a cast of scheming popes, rampaging barbarians, artistic geniuses, unscrupulous politicians and ambitious mafiosi.

Lively and entertaining, this is the history of one of the world's most fascinating places.

'King has the gift of clear, unpretentious exposition, and an instinctive narrative flair.' -The Guardian

'An exceptional portraitist and craftsman' -Booklist

Contents- 1. 'That People in Togas'- Ancient Italy and the Roman Republic 2. 'Let the Die Be Cast'- The Crisis of the Roman Republic 3. 'Masters of All in Existence'- The Roman Empire 4. 'From a Kingdom of Gold to One of Iron and Rust'- Decline and Fall of the Empire 5. Goths, Longbeards, Franks, Saracens and Normans- Italy Under the 'Barbarians' 6. 'All the Cities of Italy'- The Middle Ages 7. Italy's Age of Gold- The Renaissance 8. 'Go, Thought, on Golden Wings'- Italy in the Illuminismo 9. 'Here We Make Italy'- The Risorgimento 10. 'Dov'

La Vittoria?' The Kingdom of Italy 11. The 'Putrid Corpse' of Liberty- Italy Under Fascism 12. 'Andr

Tutto Bene'- Italy Since the War

Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   244g
ISBN:   9781760643676
ISBN 10:   176064367X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ross King is a renowned expert in the Italian Renaissance. He is the author of numerous bestselling and acclaimed books including The Bookseller of Florence, Brunelleschi's Dome, Machiavelli, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling and Leonardo and the Last Supper. He lives just outside Oxford.

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