Oxford Illus. History Of Italy
Oxford, European Studies
Hardcover, 9711, 9780198205272
AUD $59.95 ex, AUD $65.95 inc
Out of stock at: 18 May 2013 18:00
Two thousand years of history, Italy from Augustus to Giovanni Agnelli explored in 12 chapters by leading historians. Yet where exactly is Italy, how does it define itself? As George Holmes points out in his foreword, Italy did not exist as a political unit between the 5th and the 19th centuries. Cities flourished, divisions between north and south grew. It was being broken up into smaller and smaller fragments, yet at the same time 'the political fragmentation was paradoxically accompanied by striking universalist connections', such as the papal role in the Western Christian Church. Most of all, the richness of its cultural life has given Italy a powerful presence in Europe. Lavishly illustrated, this volume presents an overview of the social, political and cultural life of Italy.
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