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Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 By Paul Ginsborg

Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001
by Paul Ginsborg

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Contemporary Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the countries have roughly the same extent, population size and GNP - and yet they are fantastically different. The author sees this difference as most fundamentally clear in the role of the family and it is the family which is at the heart of Italian politics and business.
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Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 by Paul Ginsborg

In this long-awaited book (already a major bestseller in Italy) Ginsborg has created a fascinating, sophisticated and definitive account of how Italy has coped, or failed to cope, with the past two decades. Contemporary Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the countries have roughly the same extent, population size and GNP - and yet they are fantastically different. Ginsborg sees this difference as most fundamentally clear in the role of the family and it is the family which is at the heart of Italian politics and business. Anyone wishing to understand contemporary Italy will find it essential to have this enormously attractive and intelligent book.

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Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 Reviews


"A valuable reference for anyone studying or teaching Italian and European politics and society."--W.R. Smith, Choice
."..excellent..."-Alexander Stille, New York Review of Books
."..the book is useful and even entertaining."--Laura Collura Kahn, New York Sun
."..his book is valuable...usefully traces the phenomenon of Silvio Berlusconi."--David I. Fulton, Library Journal
."..Complex and fertile with 'thick description', [the book] radiates the paradoxes and ironies that abound in a troubled country."--The New York Times Book Review
.".it offers a complete portrayal of the textures of Italian society."--"Publishers Weekly"
""Italy and its Discontents "is a tour-de force. Anyone concerned about the condition of the country will find it packed with material to think about and argue over"--"The Economist"

About Paul Ginsborg


Paul Ginsborg is Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence and was formerly Reader in European Politics at the University of Cambridge. His last book for Penguin was the now famous A HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ITALY, 1943-1988.

Table of Contents


The Italian economy: constraints and achievements; the social hierarchies of a prosperous nation; families and consumption; civil society and mass culture; a blocked political system 1980-92; corruption and the Mafia; the state within and the state without; denoument, 1992-4; from Berlusconi to Berlusconi, 1994-2001.

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GOR001656244
Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 by Paul Ginsborg
Paul Ginsborg
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2003-01-30
544
0140247947
9780140247947
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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