A History of Contemporary Italy Society and Politics 1943

A History of Contemporary Italy Society and Politics 1943 1988 From a war torn and poverty stricken country regional and predominantly agrarian to the success story of recent years Italy has witnessed the most profound transformation economic social and demographic in its entire history Yet the other recurrent theme of the period has been the overwhelming need for political reform and the repeated failure to achieve it Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work the first to combine social and political perspectives is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside


10 thoughts on “A History of Contemporary Italy Society and Politics 1943 1988

  1. says:

    POST WAR ITALY Paul Ginsborg's A History of Contemporary Italy begins with the Italians reaping the disastrous rewards of over two decades of Mussolini's rule The Allies have invaded southern Italy and on the removal of El Duce the Germans invade from the north The author expertly portrays the chaotic situation with an increasingly popular Resistance in the north fighting


  2. says:

    The book interweaves the economic political and societal changes of a 45 period when Italy made the jump from a backward state where German and allied armies fought and a civil war raged to a modern state with an economy about the same size as Great Britain Italy had the largest neo fascist party in the west and the largest communist party as well Throughout all the center


  3. says:

    Really enjoyed this Political history as it should be done I just wish there were similar political histories for other countries as well The author deals with politics mainly through class while not ignoring cultural factors He is perhaps overtly critical of the Italian Left's reformism while being consistently scathing of the Right's corruption while acknowledging its tact


  4. says:

    A huge useful tome of post war Italian history Because it's basically a history book it can be a bit dry and hard to stay focused on but kudos to Ginsborg for trying to cram all that info into my tiny brain I wish I could take this book as a lecture seriescourse by him Anyway just for my own memory here are my takeaways well first there was the war and the occupation by the e


  5. says:

    Necessarily a bit dry and acronym heavy when dealing with party politics this Marxist in the purest materialist sense but objective and balanced account of Italy's extraordinary growth and change in the post war period is otherwise a revelation From the volatile part the extreme left and extreme right played throughout the era to the geographical and social divides in a countr


  6. says:

    AMAZING This should have been my high school textbook on Italian historyOf COURSE the italian communist party was under the guide of the Soviets and PRECISELY FOR THAT REASON they posed no threat to italian democracy in fact they were a conservative force restraining the revolutionary impulses of workers and landless peasants Remember that the Soviets played a very similar role


  7. says:

    A detailed account of Italy from World War II to the end of the Italian First Republic Mr Ginsborg covers all the topics from the economic miracle to the year of lead related to terrorism in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s


  8. says:

    a very well reaserched book Accurate and well writtenItalians have a short memory they should all read this book funny that the best books about Italy are not written by Italians


  9. says:

    Good but dull and tedious Read like a textbook


  10. says:

    An enlightening and detailed if at times a little academic modern history of Italy Very well researched and presented with a fair overview of the competing players in this complex history


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