A Concise History of Italy

Author: Christopher Duggan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521760393
Release Date: 2013-12-05
Genre: History

Comprehensively updated new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction to the history of Italy.

A Concise History of Italy

Author: Christopher Duggan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107728905
Release Date: 2013-12-05
Genre: History

Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. This new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century. With a new, extensive bibliographical essay and a detailed chronology, this is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

A Concise History of Italy

Author: Christopher Duggan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521408482
Release Date: 1994-04-21
Genre: History

A concise history of Italy from the fall of the Roman empire in the west to the present day.

The Cambridge History of Italian Literature

Author: Peter Brand
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521666228
Release Date: 1999-08-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

Presents a comprehensive survey of Italian literature from its earliest origins to the present

A Concise History of Austria

Author: Steven Beller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521478863
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

For a small, prosperous country in the middle of Europe, modern Austria has a very large and complex history, extending far beyond its current borders. Today's Austrians have a problematic relationship with that history, whether with the multi-national history of the Habsburg Monarchy, or with the time between 1938 and 1945 when Austrians were Germans in Hitler's Third Reich. Steven Beller's gripping and comprehensive account traces the remarkable career of Austria through its many transformations, from German borderland, to dynastic enterprise, imperial house, Central European great power, failed Alpine republic, German province, and then successful Alpine republic, building up a picture of the layers of Austrian identity and heritage and their diverse sources. It is a story full of anomalies and ironies, a case study of the other side of European history, without the easy answers of more clearly national narratives, and hence far more relevant to today's world.

A Concise History of Poland

Author: Jerzy Lukowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107782655
Release Date: 2006-07-06
Genre: History

The second edition of this guide to Poland has been updated to take account of the years from 1989–2005. This period marked its liberation from the Soviet Union, the birth of Poland's 'Third Republic' and, recently, its accession to the European Union in 2004. Poland's history has been marked by its resilience. Once a dominant force in central and eastern Europe and home to a remarkable experiment in consensual politics, it was excised from the map by its neighbours in 1795. Resurrected in 1918, partitioned afresh during the Second World War, it survived to become a satellite of the Soviet Union. Yet in the 1980s, it was Poland which blazed the trail in casting off communism, and was finally able to reassert its Christian heritage. With its updated bibliography and new chronology, the book is the ideal companion for all looking for a comprehensive survey of this fascinating country.

A Concise History of Switzerland

Author: Clive H. Church
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107244191
Release Date: 2013-05-23
Genre: History

Despite its position at the heart of Europe and its quintessentially European nature, Switzerland's history is often overlooked within the English-speaking world. This comprehensive and engaging history of Switzerland traces the historical and cultural development of this fascinating but neglected European country from the end of the Dark Ages up to the present. The authors focus on the initial Confederacy of the Middle Ages; the religious divisions which threatened it after 1500 and its surprising survival amongst Europe's monarchies; the turmoil following the French Revolution and conquest, which continued until the Federal Constitution of 1848; the testing of the Swiss nation through the late nineteenth century and then two World Wars and the Depression of the 1930s; and the unparalleled economic and social growth and political success of the post-war era. The book concludes with a discussion of the contemporary challenges, often shared with neighbours, that shape the country today.

Italy

Author: Harry Hearder
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521000726
Release Date: 2001-12-13
Genre: History

Presents a clear, concise account of Italian history from the Ice Age to the present.

A Concise History of France

Author: Roger Price
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107729124
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: History

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of French history available ranging from the early middle ages to the present. Amongst its central themes are the relationships between state and society, the impact of war, competition for power, and the ways in which power has been used. Whilst taking full account of major figures such as Philip Augustus, Henri IV, Louis XIV, Napoleon and de Gaulle, it sets their activities within the broader context of changing economic and social structures and beliefs, and offers rich insights into the lives of ordinary men and women. This third edition has been substantially revised and includes a new chapter on contemporary France - a society and political system in crisis as a result of globalisation, rising unemployment, a failing educational system, growing social and racial tensions, corruption, the rise of the extreme right, and a widespread loss of confidence in political leaders.

A Concise History of the World

Author: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316412091
Release Date: 2015-09-23
Genre: History

This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present. Renowned social and cultural historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks brings a new perspective to world history by examining social and cultural developments across the globe, including families and kin groups, social and gender hierarchies, sexuality, race and ethnicity, labor, religion, consumption, and material culture. She examines how these structures and activities changed over time through local processes and interactions with other cultures, highlighting key developments that defined particular eras such as the growth of cities or the creation of a global trading network. Incorporating foragers, farmers and factory workers along with shamans, scribes and secretaries, the book widens and lengthens human history. It makes comparisons and generalizations, but also notes diversities and particularities, as it examines the social and cultural matters that are at the heart of big questions in world history today.

A Concise History of Greece

Author: Richard Clogg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107032897
Release Date: 2013-12-12
Genre: History

This third, updated edition provides an illustrated introduction to Greek history and includes a new chapter on recent developments.

A Concise History of Portugal

Author: David Birmingham
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108335898
Release Date: 2018-04-12
Genre: History

This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. It remains the standard single-volume work on Portugal, studying the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship. In 1975, Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and looked north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. This third edition brings the story up to date, with a new afterword to reflect recent changes in Portugal, Europe, and the wider world.

A Concise History of Brazil

Author: Boris Fausto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107036208
Release Date: 2014-08-11
Genre: History

The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil features a new chapter that covers the critical time period from 1990 to the present, focusing on Brazil's increasing global economic importance as well as its continued democratic development.

A Concise History of Australia

Author: Stuart Macintyre
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139915533
Release Date: 2009-06-29
Genre: History

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land, and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to a prosperous free nation and illustrates how, as a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions was long frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness, until it came to terms with its origins. The third edition of this acclaimed book recounts the key factors - social, economic and political - that have shaped modern-day Australia. It covers the rise and fall of the Howard government, the 2007 election and the apology to the stolen generation. More than ever before, Australians draw on the past to understand their future.