'The thematic, rather than chronological, approach, and the problematic, rather than narrative, approach are both brave and effective.' - Dr. Philip Morgan, University of Hull 'This is an important contribution to the material available in English: beautifully written - accessible to the average student.' - Dr Mary Maidoff, SACI, Florence, Italy 'Foot's analysis is an extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of modern Italy. It is fully up-to-date with the latest research findings and interpretive approaches, foregrounding the key historiographical debates and, more generally, the study of history itself as debate and argument.' - Geoff Hayward, Modern Italy 'The best short introduction to Italian politics and society is John Foot's Modern Italy.' - Geoff Andrews, Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi (Pluto, 2005) 'John Foot has written a very useful new book about Italy.' - Richard Bosworth, European History Quarterly
By using different kinds of materials and "links" between various disciplines and subject areas, this book aims to both explain certain features of Italian historical development and provoke further discussion. Designed as a teaching text around broad thematic chapters - the nation, the state, economy and society, politics - it introduces the reader to historical debates, themes, controversies and arguments. Boxes at the end of each chapter provide useful further information for students.