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  • The Pursuit of Italy
  • David Gilmour
  • English
  • 20 June 2020
  • 9781846142512

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Read ☆ The Pursuit of Italy È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David Gilmour  2 Free download Visiting a villa built by Lorenzo de Medici outside Pisa David Gilmour fell into conversation about the unification of Italy with a distinguished former minister ''You know Davide' he said in a low conspiratorial voice as if uttering a heresy 'Garibaldi did Italy a great disservice If he had not invaded Sicily and Naples we in the north would have the richest and most civilized state in Europe' After looking cautiously round the room he added in an even lower voice 'Of course to the south we would have a neighbour like Egypt''Was the elderly Italian right The Pursuit of Italy traces the whole history of th. A hard hitting biography of a beloved if often troubled country It felt a little scattered early on of an intermediate book for people with some familiarity with Italy s general history but overall it presented an engaging and relatively thorough explanation of the region s history

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Read ☆ The Pursuit of Italy È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David Gilmour  2 Free download Egions produced the medieval communes and the Renaissance the Venetian Republic and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany two of the most civilized states of European history Their inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians Sicilians and Lombards Neapolitans and Genoese This is where the strength and culture of Italy still comes from rather than from misconceived and mishandled concepts of nationalism and unityThis wise and enormously engaging book explains the course of Italian history in a manner and with a coherence which no one with an interest in the country could fail to enjo. this is a pretty gripping account of the chimera that is and always has been Italy which is seemingly scathing of almost everything it comes across people especially politicians and leaders even the food although he does preface with a clarification of his position on polentathat the author paints such a critical picture in the most part the positive assessments are handed to outsiders reveals I believe a profound affection and empathy for the subject based on a longstanding familiarity in other words this book serves to show the reality behind the make up the real Italy not the confection fondness with the subject can be assumed who doesn t like pizza but is not necessary this is in short highly insightful and certainly no hagiographysome of the detours and cameos might seem a little odd and I found the section covering the Risorgimento itself a little confusing this may have been due to an assumption that the reader was already familiar with the basic events and so a less linear text would be insightfulthe timeline stops abruptly at the 150th anniversary no attempt is made to gaze forward which is perhaps wise given the eternal volatility of the subject and even current events of the last few months are liable to alter the final few pages if one wanted to make this completely contemporary better to think of it as a birthday present for March 2011 a long and witty speech given at an old friend s birthday banuet however overall this is highly readable and very timely book and recommended for lovers of farce and history alike

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Read ☆ The Pursuit of Italy È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free David Gilmour  2 Free download E Italian peninsula in a wonderfully readable style full of well chosen stories and observations from personal experience and peopled by many of the great figures of the Italian past from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medici from Cavour and Verdi to the controversial political figures of the twentieth century The book gives a clear eyed view of the Risorgimento the pivotal event in modern Italian history debunking the influential myths which have grown up around itGilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions with their distinctive art civic cultures identities and cuisine The r. Excellent history of Italy from its earliest times to Berlusconi with the theme that Italy has always been better off as a collection of smaller entities cities communes duchies etc than as a unified country due to its cultural and geographical diversity highly recommended The Hound of Ulster by many of the great figures of the Italian past from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medici from Cavour and Verdi to the controversial political figures of the twentieth century The Unpeople Victims of British Policy book gives a clear eyed view of the Risorgimento the pivotal event in modern Italian history debunking the influential myths which have grown up around itGilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions with their distinctive art civic cultures identities and cuisine The r. Excellent history of Italy from its earliest times to Berlusconi with the theme that Italy has always Men in White Suits been Dune better off as a collection of smaller entities cities communes duchies etc than as a unified country due to its cultural and geographical diversity highly recommended