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Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Century

Roy Palmer Domenico

Although the unification of Italy in 1870 initially defined the nation's geographic boundaries, Italians faced the new challenge of determining their nation's social, political, and cultural identity as they entered the twentieth century. In Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Century, noted scholar Roy P. Domenico examines the struggle between Liberals, Fascists, Marxists, and Catholics to recast the nation according to their visions. As he focuses on Italy's political course, Domenico deftly highlights the economic, social, and cultural changes that accompanied the shifts in governmental power. In describing those who shaped modern Italy, Domenico reveals how an agricultural society—divided by region, language, and culture—was transformed into a modern state, still faced with regional tension, ethnic division, and the problems inherent in post-modern society.

Straightforward and succinct, Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Century will be of great value to all interested in Italian history and culture.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 200Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-8476-9636-9 • Hardback • November 2002 • $106.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-8476-9637-6 • Paperback • November 2002 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
978-1-4616-6613-4 • eBook • November 2002 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
Roy P. Domenico is associate professor of history at The University of Scranton.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Liberal Apex and Crisis
Chapter 3 The Fascist Reformation
Chapter 4 Defeat and Liberation
Chapter 5 Christian Democracy and Prosperity
Chapter 6 Toward the Twenty-first Century
Chapter 7 Bibliography, Index, List of Abbreviations
Domenico's concise and succinct yet comprehensive book is perhaps the best general introduction to Italy in the twentieth century that we have in English. It is one of the very few that treats Liberal, Fascist, and post-war Italy, detailing the political, social, economic, and cultural life of each epoch. Domenico paints a lively portrait of Italy and the Italians as they try to define themselves in a most tumultuous century.
Stanislao Pugliese, Hofstra University

A clear, straightforward introduction to the modern Italian historical experience, appropriate for secondary school as well as lower division undergraduate students. Includes a well-balanced, up-to-date bibliographical essay.
Steven F. White, Mount Saint Mary's College

Roy Domenico writes in a student-friendly style and packs an enormous amount of information and interpretation into this short volume.
James E. Miller, Georgetown University

Domenico's concise new book on modern Italy is written in a crisp, clean style. The text provides chronologically balanced coverage of the liberal monarchy, the fascist regime, WW II and the reconstruction period, and, finally, the colorful, often chaotic, history of the post–1948 republic. Recommended.

Domenico provides an elegant survey of Italian history over the past two hundred years in a book that one hopes is not overlooked by anyone seeking a solid piece of historical scholarship.
Mediterranean Quarterly

A balanced and concise history of modern Italy from the Liberal Age to the present. Domenico provides a good overview of political, economic, social, and religious Italian developments, supplemented by a useful annotated bibliography.
Frank J. Coppa, St. John's University