A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics by Paul Ginsborg

By Paul Ginsborg

From a war-torn and poverty-stricken state, local and predominantly agrarian, to the good fortune tale of contemporary years, Italy has witnessed the main profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its complete heritage. but the opposite recurrent topic of the interval has been the overpowering want for political reform--and the repeated failure to accomplish it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to mix social and political perspectives--is excited about either the great achievements of latest Italy and "the continuities of its heritage that experience no longer been simply set aside."

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A heritage of up to date Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988

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Paul Ginsborg is Professor of up to date eu heritage on the college of Florence. His past courses comprise Daniele Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848-1849.

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94 In 36 the bassi the women made gloves and worked lace until the bad light had destroyed their eyesight. 95 In September 1943 the Germans briefly occupied the city in the aftermath of the armistice. They immediately ordered all able-bodied men between the ages of eighteen and thirty-three to report for compulsory labour service. Only 150 did so. When the Germans began to round up men indiscriminately, the city rose in revolt. For four days Naples was the scene of bitter street fighting. On 30 September, with Allied troops fast approach­ ing, the Germans withdrew, leaving 162 dead Neapolitans and a trail of destruction and terror.

They lived not on the land but in an overgrown village where 80 per cent of the population were like themselves. They were not self-sufficient peasants. Alfio had no stake in the land, no farmhouse of which to be proud, no close relationship with landowner or parish priest. The standard of living of his family was markedly inferior to that of Federico's. If we turn now to the second of Rossi-Doria's types, the 'naked' South, which comprised nine tenths of the agrarian Mezzogiomo, an immediate distinction must be drawn between the plains on the one hand, and the hills and mountains on the other.

The 'return ticket' was clearly going to be very expensive. T'aintaining that any revival in Italian textiles would threaten the Lancashire cotton industry. The Foreign Office was worse still. 5 40 Only. the British diplomats in Washington, Maanillan, and many of the British soldiers actually in Italy provided any counterpoint to this unpleasant anti-Italian (as opposed to anti-Fascist) chorus. Maanillan wrote to Eden in September 1944: 'Sometimes they [the Italians) are enemies: sometimes they are co-belligerents.

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