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Italia Rediviva : A Social And Cultural History Of Italy, 1740-1900, Paperback / softback Book

Italia Rediviva : A Social And Cultural History Of Italy, 1740-1900 Paperback / softback


In this well received volume, Cambridge polymath Neil Kent seeks to provide a readable history, rich in both anecdotes and statistics, for students and a wide reading public who are interested in Italy in a period of history which - while it has been widely examined with respect to the Risorgimento as a positive and progressive movement which united Italy and enabled it to enter the modern world - has failed to consider Italy's multiplicity of cultures, art, architecture and societies.

The period from 1740-1900, however, is neglected. This book rectifies the situation, examining the Catholic Church and its relationship to Jews, Protestants, Moslems, and the state; the relationship of urban areas to the countryside, with various regional dimensions; art, architecture, literature and music; famines, epidemics, health, and hygiene; the family, women, and sexual identity; war, peace, criminality, and the Mafia.

Italia Rediviva thus focuses on how Italians lived and interacted on a grass-roots level. Rather than considering the Risorgimento and Italy's national unification as the defining events of the period, this work provides an alternative focus, rejecting sweeping conclusions in favor of a more nuanced analysis in which the regional societies, religious communities, local cultures and economic activities that informed the Italian peninsula from 1740-1900 are set against a complex background of conflict and cooperation, at a time of growing industrialization, secularism, and economic competition, which witnessed the rise of an independent Kingdom of Naples to the assassination of King Umberto I.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Academica Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781680531879

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