This essential book fills a serious gap in the field by synthesizing modern Italian history and placing it in a fully European context. Emphasizing globalization, Italy traces the country's transformation from a land of emigration to one of immigration and its growing cultural importance. Including coverage of the April 2008 elections, this updated edition offers expanded examinations of contemporary Italy's economic, social, and cultural development, a deepened discussion on immigration, and four new biographical sketches. Author Spencer M. Di Scala discusses the role of women, gives ample attention to the Italian South, and provides a picture of how ordinary Italians live. Cast in a clear and lively style that will appeal to readers, this comprehensive account is an indispensable addition to the field.
Introduction: From School of Europe to Conquered Land part one -Enlightenment and French Revolutionary Italy * 1 The Italian Enlightenment * * 2 Italy and the French Revolution * 3 The First War for Italian Unity part two Restoration Italy * 4 A Geographical Expression * * 5 Failed Revolutions: The 1820s and 1830s part three | The Risorgimento * 6 Three Models for Unification * * 7 Revolutions of 1848: The Great Shakeout * * 8 Cavour and the Piedmontese Solution part four | The Age of Prose * 9 Cavours Heirs: The Right Reigns * * 10 Two Parliamentary Dictators * * 11 Social and Economic Dilemmas * * 12 The Rise of Socialism and the Giolittian Era part five War and Fascism * 13 The Culture of the New Italy * * 14 World War I and the Red Biennium * 15 The Rise of Fascism * * 16 Mussolinis Italy * * 17 World War II and the Resistance part six The Republic * 18 The Structure of Postwar Italy * * 19 Postwar Politics: Imperfect Bipolarism * 20 The Economic Miracle and Its Effects * * 21 A Style for the Republic * * 22 The Bloodless Revolution * 23 The Berlusconi Phenomenon