Edition: 2023
Pages: 318
Series: BUL
ISBN: 9788842096160

The Origins of Contemporary Italy. The Giolitti Era

Emilio Gentile



In the years between the end of the nineteenth century and the First World War, dominated by the political personality of Giovanni Giolitti, Italy acquired the basic traits of a modern nation. It was a journey marked by obstacles, shortcomings and perils, which exploded after the war and paved the way for the birth and success of Fascism. Giolitti favoured modernization and the democratization of the country but he also left many problems unresolved. On the eve of the Great War his era was at an end without having achieved his most ambitious objective: to reconcile the masses to the liberal State.

In this classic volume, which has been updated with new bibliographic references, Emilio Gentile provides the reader with a synthetic picture of that complex and ambivalent historical period and, in this original interpretation, with a clear and balanced guide to the origins of contemporary Italy.

The author

Emilio Gentile

Emilio Gentile is an historian of international renown, he is emeritus professor at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He received the Hans Sigrist Prize at the University of Berna for his studies on the religions of politics. Among his main works published by Laterza, often reprinted and translated all over the world: The Cult of the Lictor: the sacralisation of politics in fascist Italy; Politics as religion; Fascism: History and interpretation; Fascism in three chapters; God’s democracy: American religion after September 11 (Burzio Prize); Stone fascism; Two gunshots, ten million dead, the end of a world; The March on Rome and Fascism in Power; The leader and the Crowd; “In a democracy people are always sovreign” False!.

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