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  • Romeby Robert Hughes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.95

    From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and thinking. Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to... more...

  • The Land Where Lemons Growby Helena Attlee

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 14.09

    Travellers have always been thrilled by the sight of citrus in Italy, where dark leaves and bright fruit seem to charge the landscape, making the trees symbols of a sun-soaked, poetic vision of the country. Citrus also holds a special place in the Italian imagination, and in The Land Where Lemons Grow , Helena Attlee sets out to explore its curious... more...

  • The Italiansby John Hooper

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 15.50

    'Hooper has written a fascinating, affectionate and well-researched study that delivers the tantalising flavour of a country as hot, cold, bitter and sweet as an affogato' The Telegraph 'This portrait of a nation is required reading for anyone heading to a Tuscan villa or Puglian beach this summer' Financial Times Sublime and maddening,... more...

  • Antoninaby Wilkie Collins

    ReadHowYouWant 2008; US$ 4.99

    Published in 1850, Antonina, or The Fall of Rome was Wilkie Collins's first novel. Using accurate historical details about the Roman emperor Honorius and the Gothic king Alaric, he presents the fictitious character of Antonina and narrates her escapades during the siege of Rome. As she flees the city to preserve her honor, she does not realize... more...

  • A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861–1950by Sabina Donati

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 65.00

    This book discusses national citizenship and italianità at home and abroad, in its multi-faceted, contested, and often controversial form. more...

  • Prisoner of the Vaticanby David I. Kertzer

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006; US$ 13.98

    We think of Italy as an ancient nation, but in fact the unified Italian state was born only in the nineteenth century — and only against the adamant refusal of the pope to relinquish his rule of Rome. In this riveting chronicle of international intrigue, the renowned historian David Kertzer delves into secret Vatican archives to reveal a venomous... more...

  • Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Centuryby Roy Palmer Domenico

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 26.00

    Although the unification of Italy in 1870 initially defined the nation's geographic boundaries, Italians faced the new challenge of determining their nation's social, political, and cultural identity as they entered the twentieth century. In Remaking Italy in the Twentieth Century, noted scholar Roy P. Domenico examines the struggle between Liberals,... more...

  • Arenaby John Pearson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    First published in 1973, Arena discusses the Year AD 80, when the Colosseum opened with quite the longest and most nauseating organized mass orgy in history. It was a mammoth celebration on the grandest scale, a fitting inauguration for an arena built to epitomize all the majesty and power of the Roman Empire, a building which also held the seeds... more...

  • Genoa and the Genoese, 958-1528by Steven A. Epstein

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Set in the middle of the Italian Riviera, Genoa is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. But Genoa was also one of medieval Europe's major centers of trade and commerce. In Genoa and the Genoese, 958-1528 , Steven Epstein has written the first comprehensive history of the city that traces its transformation from an obscure... more...

  • A Tragedy Revealedby Arrigo Petacco; Konrad Eisenbichler

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2005; Not Available

    Based on previously unavailable archival documents and oral accounts from people who were there, Petacco reveals the events and exposes the Italian government's mishandling – and then official silence on – the situation. more...