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A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Christopher Duggan

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2014-01-20
Paperback (360 pages)

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Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century. With a new, extensive bibliographical essay and a detailed chronology, this is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

By David Gilmour

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released: 2012-11-13
Paperback (480 pages)

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A provocative, entertaining account of Italy's diverse riches, its hopes and dreams, its past and present

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The question is asked and answered in a number of ways in The Pursuit of Italy, an engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance―and weakness―of Italy today.

David Gilmour's wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled by the great figures of the Italian past―from Cicero and Virgil to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. His wise account of the Risorgimento debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era.

Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation.

Italy: A History

By Vincent Cronin

New Word City
Paperback (264 pages)

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Here, from New York Times bestselling historian Vincent Cronin, is the extraordinary story of Italy - from the birth of the Roman Empire to the rise of the city-states through the Renaissance and the making of modern Italy.

The Food of Italy

By Waverley Root

Vintage
Released: 1992-06-02
Paperback (768 pages)

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In this thoroughly comprehensive, utterly captivating culinary guidebook, acclaimed food writer Waverley Root traverses Italy from Lombardy to Sicily, and across 3,000 years of invasions. An exhaustive catalog of the country’s gastronomic legacy, The Food of Italy explains the regional delicacies, the traditions, and the history that define the way Italians eat.

From the legally enforced frugality of the Renaissance table to the enduring Saracen luxury of Sicilian desserts, from the lasagna of Bologna to the saltimbocca of Rome, Root explores the secrets and customs of a cuisine so nuanced that even the basic ragu Bolognese has some two hundred variations.

A culinary adventurer who made his mark decades before Anthony Bourdain appeared on the scene, Root shares the stories of an elephant forced to spend the winter of 1551 in the South Tyrol and the dishes named after him, the proper way to bottle Chianti, and the mysteries surrounding the origin of tortellini. Essential reading for travelers—of the armchair and ticketed variety, alike—The Food of Italy, which features decorative maps (that may not be legible for all readers) and illustrations, brings the subtleties of the Italian palate into any home.

Italy: Guide to the The Most Important Events, People and Places that Created Italian History

By Emma Barese

Released: 2019-03-14
Kindle Edition (39 pages)

Italy: Guide to the The Most Important Events, People and Places that Created Italian History
 
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If you want to find out about the events that shaped the evolution of Italy, this book is a must read. It features an outline of the most significant events, such as the birth of the Roman Empire (and the way in which this ultimately and irrevocably changed the social landscape of the peninsula), the influence of the Renaissance movement, the role of Italy in the World Wars, and much more.

This book shows that what makes Italy glorious and special is actually the uniqueness of each region. Every area comes with its individualities in regard to art, culture, cuisine and civic identity, something that can be clearly observed to this very day. After delving into this country’s compelling history, you will come to the conclusion that its strength lies precisely in its picturesque and diverse regions.
So, if you want to broaden your perspective of Italy, we encourage you to read this book. We’re confident it will appeal to you!

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Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy's Food and Its People

By Dina M. Di Maio

Dina Di Maio
Paperback (301 pages)

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A groundbreaking book that will change perceptions of Italian food and culture. Experience what Primo magazine calls a "must-read." In the same vein as Michael Twitty's Cooking Gene and Sean Sherman's Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
 
Just when you thought you knew everything about Italian food, the world's most popular cuisine, in comes Authentic Italian, a book by a food writer and lawyer, who brings a new perspective on the much loved cuisine. With meticulous research, Di Maio critically examines Italian food as it has been defined by the food media and celebrity chefs. In this enlightening book, she also explores how Italian immigrants shaped the culinary landscape of America.
 
Pizza and spaghetti and meatballs are two of the most loved foods brought by Italian immigrants. But the new message is that true pizza comes from Naples and spaghetti and meatballs is not Italian. Who says so? The question is--who gets to define Italian food? Governments to drum up business for a failing economy? Corporations to strengthen their own bottom line? Academics who rely on books and statistics out of touch with the true culture? Celebrity chefs with books to sell and restaurants to fill? Di Maio offers the novel argument that the definition of Italian food belongs to the Italian people, the immigrants who carried it with them all over the world and created successful food businesses wherever they went.
 
Not without controversy, Di Maio doesn't shy away from discussing the harsh reality of a war-torn Southern Italy to expose what the immigrant generation really went through before they were forced to make the journey overseas. And she also details what they found in their new countries abroad, hardly a road paved with gold.
 
Follow Di Maio on this culinary journey as she evokes the spirit of justice that the immigrant generation held dear. She tells the story of the Italian people as if her ancestors were there, whispering it in her ear: No matter what the popular food media states, the recipes, foods and traditions of the Italian-American people are nothing less than authentic Italian.

Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food

By John Dickie

Brand: Atria Books
Released: 2010-10-01
Paperback (384 pages)

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Buon appetito! Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The answer lies amid the vibrant beauty of Italy's historic cities. For a thousand years, they have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. Italian food is city food. From the bustle of medieval Milan's marketplace to the banqueting halls of Renaissance Ferrara; from street stalls in the putrid alleyways of nineteenth-century Naples to the noisy trattorie of postwar Rome: in rich slices of urban life, historian and master storyteller John Dickie shows how taste, creativity, and civic pride blended with princely arrogance, political violence, and dark intrigue to create the world's favorite cuisine. Delizia! is much more than a history of Italian food. It is a history of Italy told through the flavors and character of its cities. A dynamic chronicle that is full of surprises, Delizia! draws back the curtain on much that was unknown about Italian food and exposes the long-held canards. It interprets the ancient Arabic map that tells of pasta's true origins, and shows that Marco Polo did not introduce spaghetti to the Italians, as is often thought, but did have a big influence on making pasta a part of the American diet. It seeks out the medieval recipes that reveal Italy's long love affair with exotic spices, and introduces the great Renaissance cookery writer who plotted to murder the Pope even as he detailed the aphrodisiac qualities of his ingredients. It moves from the opulent theater of a Renaissance wedding banquet, with its gargantuan ten-course menu comprising hundreds of separate dishes, to the thin soups and bland polentas that would eventually force millions to emigrate to the New World. It shows how early pizzas were disgusting and why Mussolini championed risotto. Most important, it explains the origins and growth of the world's greatest urban food culture.

The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

By Kenneth R. Bartlett

The Great Courses
Released: 2013-07-08
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Take a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome.

In these 24 lectures, Professor Bartlett traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people.

This comprehensive portrait of Italian history opens an exciting new world-a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them. As you come to know these many "Italys," you'll see how the Italian states defined themselves against the others, competing for territory, trade, and artistic supremacy - and how the vestiges of these interactions are visible even today.

Among other things, you'll consider the rivalry between the Genoese and the Pisans, which stems from a nearly 800-year-old grudge; examine how the crusades influenced the development of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice; and explore Italy's troubled relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

You'll also get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful and influential, including Pope Paul IV, who championed the Roman Inquisition, and Luigi Gonzaga, who cut out the hearts of his enemies and nailed them to the doors of their palaces as a warning to others who might challenge his power.

As you get to know the distinctive personalities and events that define the peninsula, you'll gain fresh insights into the Italy of today. Surprising, enriching, always engaging, this course offers a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic and creative cultures of the modern world.

An Art Lover's Guide to Florence

By Judith Testa

Brand: Northern Illinois University Press
Paperback (306 pages)

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No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time. The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal. While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lover's Guide to Florence. Concentrating on a number of the greatest works, by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom they made it, deftly treating the complex interplay of politics, sex, and religion that were involved in the creation of those works.   With Testa as a guide, armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history.

Italy in the Age of the Renaissance: 1300-1550 (Short Oxford History of Italy)

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Released: 2005-01-13
Paperback (344 pages)

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The twelve essays in this volume, each written by a leading specialist, present an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Italian Renaissance society, intellectual history, and politics, with each contribution reflecting the most recent innovations in the way that historians view and study the period.


 
 
 

 
 
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