Since unification, Italy has grown from a backward agrarian society into one of the world's leading industrial powers. Yet her history exhibits spectacular disunities, inconsistencies and paradoxes. Dominated by political Catholicism, she has also been home to Fascism, the mafia, and the largest Communist movement outside the Eastern Bloc. Her politics are notoriously fissiparous - yet policy itself never changes. Until now. This timely, absorbing and richly illustrated account of the historical development of the Italian nation-state traces the main paradoxes of what `Italy' has been, and questions what she may become.
1. The origins of modern Italy; the dream of reason and the dream of unity. 2. The making of Italy by diplomacy, politics and war. 3. The Historic compromises of the liberal state. 4. From liberal state to fascism. 5. The fascist movement and the seizure of power. 6. The fascist regime, 1926-1945. 7. Fascism and aggression, 1934-1945
8. 1943-1945 as the turning point of modern Italian history. 9. The consolidation of republican Italy. 10. Stable insanity and economic progress, 1953-1968. 11. 1068-1969 and `the years of the bullet'. 12. Italy in the 1980s and the 1990s.