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Free read The Pursuit of Italy ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Free download The Pursuit of Italy Visiting a villa built by Lorenzo de Medici outside Pisa David Gilmour fell into conversation about the unification of Italy with a distinguished former minister ''You know Davide' he said in a low conspiratorial voice as if uttering a heresy 'Garibaldi did Italy a great disservice If he had not invaded Sicily and Naples we in the north would have the richest and most civilized state in Europe' After looking cautiously round the room he added in an even lower voice 'Of course to the south we would have a neighbour like Egypt''Was the elderly Italian right The Pursuit of Italy traces the whole history of th. This is a great book on Italy I think it is worth reading by Italians themselves too A historical book as it should be It is a very balanced account of country s history and a very fair assessment of its key figures and events Nor is his book a collection of iconoclastic provocations You see real people not lacuered and embellished saints or demonized beastly villains He calls events and processes precisely by their correct names and not just recites glorious titles A certain character could be a hero though but that doesn t necessarily imply you should worship him or that he lived a flawless life of conviction It s not a typical book of fables fed to adult kids it s a serious conversation that invites you to think I wish the author wrote similar books on histories of other controversial states like mine Russia where so much glazing was put on so many historical figures that they actually sainted XVIII century admiral Feodor Ushakov as recently as in 2000s never mind his actual temporal achievements Especially poignant are his chapters on Risorgimento and Mussolini years You ll see how trivial skirmishes and untalented commanders are raised on marble pedestals and positioned in the central places of cities and kids textbooksIt was never easy to go against the grain as this excerpt below shows Italian soldiers used to enjoy the reputation of being brava gente good fellows the good soldier Gino who remained good even in uniform Italians claimed they were not like the nazis Nor were their generals whose decency is supposed to have been certified later by the fact that none of them faced a trial like the leading nazis at Nuremberg Yet in recent decades an Italian historian Angelo del Boca has gone through the colonial records and painstakingly compiled in volume after volume evidence that the generals committed horrific atrocities in Africa and later the Balkans and that the good soldier Gino is a myth the brava gente were as adept at massacring as anyone else The Italian army reacted by trying to have Del Boca prosecuted for vilifying the Italian soldier but I am sure you and me are grown ups enough to decide for ourselves what to make out of competing historical narrations rather than uncritically bow to Legend created with many different intentions not all of which were benign Last to Die unification of Italy with a distinguished former minister ''You know Davide' he said in a low conspiratorial voice as if Night Moves uttering a heresy 'Garibaldi did Italy a great disservice If he had not invaded Sicily and Naples we in the north would have the richest and most civilized state in Europe' After looking cautiously round the room he added in an even lower voice 'Of course to the south we would have a neighbour like Egypt''Was the elderly Italian right The Pursuit of Italy traces the whole history of th. This is a great book on Italy I think it is worth reading by Italians themselves too A historical book as it should be It is a very balanced account of country s history and a very fair assessment of its key figures and events Nor is his book a collection of iconoclastic provocations You see real people not lacuered and embellished saints or demonized beastly villains He calls events and processes precisely by their correct names and not just recites glorious titles A certain character could be a hero though but that doesn t necessarily imply you should worship him or that he lived a flawless life of conviction It s not a typical book of fables fed to adult kids it s a serious conversation that invites you to think I wish the author wrote similar books on histories of other controversial states like mine Russia where so much glazing was put on so many historical figures that they actually sainted XVIII century admiral Feodor Ushakov as recently as in 2000s never mind his actual temporal achievements Especially poignant are his chapters on Risorgimento and Mussolini years You ll see how trivial skirmishes and Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 untalented commanders are raised on marble pedestals and positioned in the central places of cities and kids textbooksIt was never easy to go against the grain as this excerpt below shows Italian soldiers Bridge of Clay used to enjoy the reputation of being brava gente good fellows the good soldier Gino who remained good even in Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers uniform Italians claimed they were not like the nazis Nor were their generals whose decency is supposed to have been certified later by the fact that none of them faced a trial like the leading nazis at Nuremberg Yet in recent decades an Italian historian Angelo del Boca has gone through the colonial records and painstakingly compiled in volume after volume evidence that the generals committed horrific atrocities in Africa and later the Balkans and that the good soldier Gino is a myth the brava gente were as adept at massacring as anyone else The Italian army reacted by trying to have Del Boca prosecuted for vilifying the Italian soldier but I am sure you and me are grown Yellow Brick War ups enough to decide for ourselves what to make out of competing historical narrations rather than The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes uncritically bow to Legend created with many different intentions not all of which were benign

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Free read The Pursuit of Italy ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Free download The Pursuit of Italy Egions produced the medieval communes and the Renaissance the Venetian Republic and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany two of the most civilized states of European history Their inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians Sicilians and Lombards Neapolitans and Genoese This is where the strength and culture of Italy still comes from rather than from misconceived and mishandled concepts of nationalism and unityThis wise and enormously engaging book explains the course of Italian history in a manner and with a coherence which no one with an interest in the country could fail to enjo. I wanted to look at the peninsula s centrifugal tendencies and inuire whether the lateness of unification and the troubles of the nation state had been not accidents of history but conseuences of the peninsula s past and its geography which may have made it unsuitable territory for nationalism Were there not just too many Italies for a successful unityI ll start by saying that the author delivers on what the title promises an exploration of Italy s past as the root of why the country as a nation failed to thrive and how Italy s regional diversity prevents its success as a cohesive unit With impressive clarity and conciseness the author presents the long history of the Bel Paese from its Latin beginning to modern times his arguments are well articulated and convincing Other common aspects of Italian culture however traditions features of its social fabric and regional characteristics have been overlooked or easily dismissed one wonders if they were intentionally downplayed since they did not fit the author s belief Readers have observed that Gilmour s thesis is critical and pessimistic I would add contemptuous and patronising to the list of adjectivesMy rating of the book sit right in the middle I liked it and I didn t I was hoping for a balanced book but this is a good starter presenting a good number of meaty points up for discussion so I m rounding my rating up 25 starsFav uote It has become customary to claim that the barbarian invasions of the late Roman Empire were neither barbarian nor invasions but migrations of not very aggressive Germanic peoples Similarly the Dark Ages are no longer seen as especially dark if they were a sort of twilight in some areas in others such as the Ravenna of the mosaics they were positively bright 奔馬 unityThis wise and enormously engaging book explains the course of Italian history in a manner and with a coherence which no one with an interest in the country could fail to enjo. I wanted to look at the peninsula s centrifugal tendencies and inuire whether the lateness of Last to Die unification and the troubles of the nation state had been not accidents of history but conseuences of the peninsula s past and its geography which may have made it Night Moves unsuitable territory for nationalism Were there not just too many Italies for a successful Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 unityI ll start by saying that the author delivers on what the title promises an exploration of Italy s past as the root of why the country as a nation failed to thrive and how Italy s regional diversity prevents its success as a cohesive Bridge of Clay unit With impressive clarity and conciseness the author presents the long history of the Bel Paese from its Latin beginning to modern times his arguments are well articulated and convincing Other common aspects of Italian culture however traditions features of its social fabric and regional characteristics have been overlooked or easily dismissed one wonders if they were intentionally downplayed since they did not fit the author s belief Readers have observed that Gilmour s thesis is critical and pessimistic I would add contemptuous and patronising to the list of adjectivesMy rating of the book sit right in the middle I liked it and I didn t I was hoping for a balanced book but this is a good starter presenting a good number of meaty points Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers up for discussion so I m rounding my rating Yellow Brick War up 25 starsFav The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes uote It has become customary to claim that the barbarian invasions of the late Roman Empire were neither barbarian nor invasions but migrations of not very aggressive Germanic peoples Similarly the Dark Ages are no longer seen as especially dark if they were a sort of twilight in some areas in others such as the Ravenna of the mosaics they were positively bright

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Free read The Pursuit of Italy ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Free download The Pursuit of Italy E Italian peninsula in a wonderfully readable style full of well chosen stories and observations from personal experience and peopled by many of the great figures of the Italian past from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medici from Cavour and Verdi to the controversial political figures of the twentieth century The book gives a clear eyed view of the Risorgimento the pivotal event in modern Italian history debunking the influential myths which have grown up around itGilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions with their distinctive art civic cultures identities and cuisine The r. Mess of a book Oddly organized and the sentence structure often is so jumbled that it destroys any flow And the author is fairly patronizing toward his subject


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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour Free download The Pursuit of Italy This is a great book on Italy I think it is worth reading by Italians themselves too A historical book as it should be It is a very balanced account of country’s history and a very fair assessment of its key figures and events Nor is his book a collection of iconoclastic provocations You see real people not lacuered and

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] A hard hitting biography of a beloved if often troubled country It felt a little scattered early on of an “intermediate” book for people with some familiarity with Italy’s general history but overall it presented an engaging and relatively thorough explanation of the region’s history

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    Free download The Pursuit of Italy review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour David Gilmour ↠ 6 Free read This was weird It included many historical over views but jumped around in time and geographyPerhaps if I was better versed in the history and politics of the Italian peninsula but sadly I'm not

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour David Gilmour ↠ 6 Free read I was truly sorry when I finished this book David Gilmour has done all of us a great service in the writing of this readable entertaining and yet serious history of Italy After uoting Napoleon on the excessive length of the country Gilmour properly points out that Italy is really and always has been a country of its regions and communes and that it is too much to expect the average Italian to place his primar

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] Excellent history of Italy from its earliest times to Berlusconi with the theme that Italy has always been better off as a collection of smaller entities cities communes duchies etc than as a unified country due to its cultural and geographical diversity; highly recommended

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] David Gilmour ↠ 6 Free read Mess of a book Oddly organized and the sentence structure often is so jumbled that it destroys any flow And the author is fairly patronizing toward his subject

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour Free download The Pursuit of Italy I wanted to look at the peninsula’s centrifugal tendencies and inuire whether the lateness of unification and the troubles of the nation state had been not accidents of history but conseuences of the peninsula’s past and its geography whic

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    Free download The Pursuit of Italy PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] David Gilmour ↠ 6 Free read this is a pretty gripping account of the chimera that is and always has been Italy which is seemingly scathing of

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    PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour David Gilmour ↠ 6 Free read Unsure how this was even published let alone how it received the fairly positive reviews it received A claptrap of names and dates hastily thrown together with no narrative or through line guiding any of it Zero pizzazz or elan that can be found in other histories where the past sings and dances for the reader be

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    review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ David Gilmour PDF NEW [The Pursuit of Italy] This book surveys the long and complex history of Italy The decentralization that followed the fall of the Roman Empire resulted many entities friendly competitive combative and intermarried entities There were wars and co

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  • Hardcover
  • 426
  • The Pursuit of Italy
  • David Gilmour
  • English
  • 01 September 2018
  • 9781846142512