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A Military History of Italy by Ciro Paoletti
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Overview: This book follows Italy’s military history from the late Renaissance through the present day, arguing that its leaders have consistently looked back to the power of Imperial Rome as they sought to bolster Italy’s status and influence in the world. As early as the late 15th century, Italian city-states played important roles in European conflicts. After unification in 1861, the military would become the nation’s unifying force, the melting pot of the state. Italy’s industrial and then colonial expansion brought it into the wars of the 20th century. The rise of fascist movement was the disastrous consequence of Italy’s desire for colonial and military power, a history that the nation still confronts as it seeks to play a role in world politics.
Wealthy, urban Italy has always had great political, cultural, and strategic importance for Europe. The leaders of its independent city-states intervened militarily in struggles among the European powers to its north and west but also against the expanding Muslim empires to its south and east. Italian culture supported military innovation, developing (for instance) new fortifications and naval organizations. After centuries of division, which limited Italy’s power against the larger, unified European nations, the military played an important role in the nationalist unification of the entire country. Rapid industrialization followed, and along with it Italy’s forays into overseas colonialism. Italy became a major power, but its turn to militant fascism during its expansionist era continues to haunt its state and military.
Genre: Non Fiction > History
Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic) by Louise Nyholm Kallestrup Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic) Hardcover – 28 May 2015 by Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
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Overview: This book offers the first ever attempt to compare lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In most of the early modern period, jurisdiction in Italy relating to witchcraft rested with the Roman Inquisition, whereas in Denmark only the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the condemnation and narratives of witchcraft as they were presented by people involved in the trials in a Roman-Catholic and Danish-Lutheran context, and ties together the diverse research traditions of Italian and Danish witchcraft scholarship. Agents of Witchcraft is divided into three sections, beginning with an analysis of the learned and legal understandings of witchcraft, and proceeding with an examination of how the people on trial understood the term ‘witchcraft’. Finally, the book ends by looking at the encounter of beliefs between the defendant and the judge.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
The British Army in Italy, 1917-18 by John Wilks, Eileen Wilks
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Overview: After the Italian defeat at Caporetto, a Bri tish Expeditionary Force under General Plumer was despatched from France. This account describes the campaign which ended after the victory at Vittorio Veneto over the Austrians
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Berlusconi’s Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics by Michael E. Shin, John A. Agnew
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Overview: Emphasizes the influence of regional demographics over the cult of Berlusconi’s personality.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
The Third Tower- Journeys in Italy by Antal Szerb
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Overview: In August 1936 a Hungarian writer in his mid-thirties arrives by train in Venice, on a journey overshadowed by the coming war and charged with intense personal nostalgia.
Aware that he might never again visit this land whose sites and scenes had once exercised a strange and terrifying power over his imagination, he immerses himself in a stream of discoveries, reappraisals and inevitable self-revelations. From Venice, he traces the route taken by the Germanic invaders of old down to Ravenna, to stand, fulfilling a lifelong dream, before the sacred mosaics of San Vitale.
This journey into his private past brings Antal Szerb firmly, and at times painfully, up against an explosive present, producing some memorable observations on the social wonders and existential horrors of Mussolini’s new Roman Imperium.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Travel > Italy > Venice
Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction by Anna Cento Bull
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Overview: The history of modern Italy is characterized by recurrent cultural and political projects of modernity, rejuvenation, and regeneration; projects which often had their roots in a widespread dissatisfaction with social and political reality, and perceived moral corruption. The Risorgimento, the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861, explicitly linked the quest for national unity to a process of moral regeneration and progress. Later forms of nationalism and the rise of fascism in the first two decades of the twentieth century advocated a spiritual revolution and the moulding of new Italians through war and violence. The tragic outcome of Italian fascism led to the emergence of new visions of progress during the post-war First Republic, in which European integration was embraced with conviction. In the last 25 years a project of of modernization epitomized by Silvio Berlusconi has characterized Italian politics, invoking a mixture of nationalist themes and an uncritical embracing of consumer and media culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum by Maria Lucia Ferruzza
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Overview: *In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical-unlike stone suitable for carving-clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness. Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily attest to the prolific coroplastic workshops that supplied sacred and decorative images for sanctuaries, settlements, and cemeteries. Sixty terracottas are investigated here by noted scholar Maria Lucia Ferruzza, comprising a selection of significant types from the Getty’s larger collection-life-size sculptures, statuettes, heads and busts, altars, and decorative appliqués. In addition to the comprehensive catalogue entries, the publication includes a guide to the full collection of over one thousand other figurines and molds from the region by Getty curator of antiquities Claire L. Lyons.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World by Dianne Hales
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 293 MB
Overview: From the New York Times best-selling author knighted by the president of Italy for her writing, a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world’s most vibrant passions – from literature to art, music to movies.
No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza. The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian.
Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one’s being. This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine.
Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps listeners along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione. She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions – for life itself.
A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
La Passione: How Italy Seduced The World [Audiobook]
All about Italy – Issue 75, 2019
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Overview: Since 1997 All about Italy has been the key Italian mag bringing the tradition and merchandise of Italy to the United States. It is a singular e-newsletter, which makes a speciality of the most efficient traditions of Italian tradition, paying explicit consideration to artwork, historical past, tune, design, folklore, tourism and type.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers
Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War, 1944-1945 through James Holland
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Overview: During the Second World War, the marketing campaign in Italy was once essentially the most harmful fought in Europe – a protracted, sour and extremely attritional war that raged up the rustic’s mountainous leg. For frontline troops, casualty charges at Cassino and alongside the infamous Gothic Line had been as prime as they’d been at the Western Front within the First World War. There had been additional similarities too: blasted landscapes, rain and dirt, and months on finish with the entrance line slightly shifting.
And whilst the Allies and Germans had been combating it out during the mountains, the Italians had been attractive in sour battles too. Partisans had been sporting out a crippling resistance marketing campaign in opposition to the German troops but in addition struggling with the Fascists forces as neatly in what quickly changed into a bloody civil warfare. Around them, blameless civilians attempted to are living during the carnage, terror and anarchy, whilst within the wake of the Allied advance, horrific numbers of impoverished and ravenous other folks had been left to pick out their manner during the ruins in their houses and nation. In the German-occupied north, there have been greater than 700 civilian massacres through German and Fascist troops in retaliation for Partisan actions, whilst within the south, many discovered themselves compelled into making horrible and center rending choices with a purpose to continue to exist.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Target: Italy: The Secret War Against Mussolini 1940-1943 by means of Roderick Bailey
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Overview: Drawing on long-classified paperwork, Target: Italy is the reputable historical past of the struggle waged by means of Britain’s Special Operations Executive on Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Italy. It is the primary complete account of SOE’s clandestine efforts to strike at Italy and sever its alliance with Nazi Germany, uncovering missions as exceptional as a plot to assassinate Mussolini and plans to arm the Mafia.
It may be the primary in-depth historical past of SOE’s makes an attempt at inflicting bother within an enemy nation versus an enemy-occupied one, issuing a sobering reminder of the horrible risks that international companies can come upon when seeking to inspire resistance to robust authoritarian regimes.
This is a compelling story of determined bold and sacrifice, climaxing in one of the crucial strange episodes of the struggle: the subtle and dramatic dealings between the Allies and the Italians that resulted in Italy’s give up in 1943.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History