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The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples (edició 2012)

de David Gilmour (Autor)

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The author, a historian has provided a coherent, persuasive, and entertaining interpretation of the paradoxes of Italian life, past and present. Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The author's exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled with the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero to the Medicis, from Garibaldi to the politicians of the twentieth century. Gilmour's account of the Risorgimento, the pivotal epoch in modern Italian history, debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it. Italy's inhabitants identify themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Neapolitans. This book shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines, rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation. -- From publisher description.… (més)
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Títol:The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
Autors:David Gilmour (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012), Edition: First, 480 pages
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What a pessimistic book. ( )
  revatait | Feb 21, 2021 |
While the author does paint the Italian nation with a somewhat jaundiced eye, I feel that his point of view is very fair. Having lived and worked in Italy on and off during a period of about 13 years, I had not really understood why this beautiful country does not work as a nation until I had read this book. For me the revelatory chapters were those that told the real story of the Risorgimento; how the unification of Italy was not motivated by some national dream, like other 19th century nationalist movements, but was just an opportunistic land grab by the the thuggish Savoy monarchy. This is a book that everyone that loves - and maybe thinks that they know - Italy, should read. ( )
  maimonedes | Aug 29, 2018 |
I'm surprised at the negative reviews at this site. Some readers may have expected more cultural history, but the book is overwhelmingly a political and military history. I purchased it for exactly that reason. Cultural histories of Italy are easily available; what is far more difficult to find is a single-volume account of Italian nationhood which gives, at the same time, sensitivity to its regions. The account is nevertheless a negative one. The author is eager to debunk the many monuments, street names, and anniversaries that visitors to Italy encounter. When the author is finished, there are few heroes to celebrate.
  messpots | Aug 14, 2016 |
A waste of money and time ( )
  aleguc | Sep 16, 2014 |
Excellent telling of the unusual path to statehood taken by (some of) the Italians. Why Italy is the way it is. ( )
  xnfec | Feb 21, 2013 |
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The author, a historian has provided a coherent, persuasive, and entertaining interpretation of the paradoxes of Italian life, past and present. Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? The author's exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled with the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero to the Medicis, from Garibaldi to the politicians of the twentieth century. Gilmour's account of the Risorgimento, the pivotal epoch in modern Italian history, debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it. Italy's inhabitants identify themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Neapolitans. This book shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines, rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation. -- From publisher description.

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