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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Modern Italy

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230360327
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

John Foot introduces students to the key historical debates, themes and events, helping them to understand the complex nature of Italian history over the past 150 years. The second edition of this established text has been revised and updated throughout,

and now includes new boxes and additional material on the Risorgimento and the Berlusconi era.

JOHN FOOT is Chair of Italian in the Department of Italian at the University of Bristol, UK.

List of Boxes

Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Map 1: Italy in 1861
Map 2: Italy in 1870
Map 3: Italy since 1919
Introduction: Studying Italy
The Nation
The State
Economy and Society
Bibliography and Further Reading


'This original and engaging text provides students with both stimulating ideas and original sources. It also covers an impressive number of critical works in Italian that would otherwise remain unknown to English-speaking readers. The new edition includes essential updates and puts the Berlusconi era in its full historical context.' - Claudia Baldoli, Newcastle University, UK 'The new edition of Modern Italy remains an excellent survey of key issues and the relevant literature.' - Geoff Haywood, Arcadia University, USA PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:
'The thematic, rather than chronological, approach, and the problematic, rather than narrative, approach are both brave and effective.' - Dr. Philip Morgan, University of Hull, UK
'This is an important contribution to the material available in English: beautifully written - accessible to the average student.' - Dr Mary Maidoff, SACI, Florence, Italy
'Foot's analysis is an extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of modern Italy. It is fully up-to-date with the latest research findings and interpretive approaches, foregrounding the key historiographical debates and, more generally, the study of history itself as debate and argument.' - Geoff Haywood, Modern Italy
'The best short introduction to Italian politics and society is John Foot's Modern Italy.' - Geoff Andrews, Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi (Pluto, 2005)
'John Foot has written a very useful new book about Italy.' - Richard Bosworth, European History Quarterly
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