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The shortest history of Italy : 3,000 years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a modern republic--a retelling for our times  Cover Image Book Book

The shortest history of Italy : 3,000 years from the Romans to the Renaissance to a modern republic--a retelling for our times / Ross King.

King, Ross, 1962- (author.).


The calendar. The Senate. The university. The piano, the heliocentric model, and the pizzeria. It's hard to imagine a world without Italian influence--and easy to assume that inventions like these could only come from a strong, stable peninsula, sure of its place in the world. In this breakneck history, bestselling author Ross King dismantles this assumption, uncovering the story of a land rife with inner uncertainty even as its influence spread. As the Italian tale unfolds, prosperity and power fluctuate like the elevation in the Dolomites. If Rome's seven hills could talk, they might speak of the glorious time of Trajan--or bemoan the era of conquest and the Bubonic Plague that decimated Rome's population. Episodes of wealth like the First Triumvirate and the time of the Medicis are given fresh life alongside descriptions of the Middle Ages, the early days of Venice, the invasion of Napoleon, and the long struggle for unification. Highlighting key events and personalities, King paints a vibrant portrait of a country whose political and cultural legacies enrich our lives today. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781891011450
  • ISBN: 1891011456
  • Physical Description: 260 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : The Experiment, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Australia by Black, Inc. First published in North America in revised form by The Experiment, LLC."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
"That people in togas" : Ancient Italy and the Roman Republic -- "That people in togas : the crisis of the Roman Republic -- "Masters of all in existence" : the Roman Empire -- "From a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust" : Decline and fall of the Empire -- Goths, Longbeards, Franks, Saracens, and Normans : Italy under the "barbarians" -- "All the cities of Italy" : the Middle Ages -- Italy's age of gold : the Renaissance -- "Go, thought, on golden wings" : Italy in the illuminismo -- "Here we make Italy" : the risorgimento -- Dov'è La Vittoria? : The kingdom of Italy -- The "putrid corpse" of liberty : Italy under fascism -- Andrà Tutto Bene : Italy since the war.
Subject: Italy > History.
Rome > History.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 937 KING 2024 (Text) 0001012554335 Nonfiction New Available -

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