This essential book fills a serious gap in the field by synthesizing modern Italian history and placing it in a fully European context. Emphasizing globalization, Italy traces the country's transformation from a land of emigration to one of immigration and its growing cultural importance. Including coverage of the April 2008 elections, this updated edition offers expanded examinations of contemporary Italy's economic, social, and cultural development, a deepened discussion on immigration, and four new biographical sketches. Author Spencer M. Di Scala discusses the role of women, gives ample attention to the Italian South, and provides a picture of how ordinary Italians live. Cast in a clear and lively style that will appeal to readers, this comprehensive account is an indispensable addition to the field.

part 1|43 pages

Enlightenment and French Revolutionary Italy

chapter 1|18 pages

The Italian Enlightenment

chapter 2|15 pages

Italy and the French Revolution

chapter 3|7 pages

The First War for Italian Unity

part 2|21 pages

Restoration Italy

chapter 4|10 pages

A “Geographical Expression”

chapter 5|9 pages

Failed Revolutions: The 1820s and 1830s

part 3|55 pages

The Risorgimento

chapter 6|13 pages

Three Models for Unification

chapter 8|23 pages

Cavour and the Piedmontese Solution

part 4|59 pages

The “Age of Prose”

chapter 9|10 pages

Cavour’s Heirs: The “Right” Reigns

chapter 10|9 pages

Two “Parliamentary Dictators”

chapter 11|18 pages

Social and Economic Dilemmas

chapter 12|19 pages

The Rise of Socialism and the Giolittian Era

part 5|100 pages

War and Fascism

chapter 13|16 pages

The Culture of the New Italy

chapter 14|17 pages

World War I and the Red Biennium

chapter 15|18 pages

The Rise of Fascism

chapter 16|27 pages

Mussolini’s Italy

chapter 17|18 pages

World War II and the Resistance

part 6|104 pages

The Republic

chapter 18|13 pages

The Structure of Postwar Italy

chapter 19|18 pages

Postwar Politics: “Imperfect Bipolarism”

chapter 20|21 pages

The Economic Miracle and Its Effects

chapter 21|14 pages

A Style for the Republic

chapter 22|10 pages

The “Bloodless Revolution”

chapter 23|24 pages

The Berlusconi Phenomenon