Christopher Duggan – A Concise History of Italy

Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. Christopher Duggan’s acclaimed introduction charts the country’s history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the present day, and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in creating a unified country. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programs for forging a nation-state. The audiobook includes coverage of 19th- and 20th-century Italy, as well as a section devoted to Italy in the 21st century. This is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.
Author: Christopher Duggan
Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Duration: 11 hours 54 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2004
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Language: English

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Alicia Drake did a good job of piecing together interviews, gossip, and research to create this book. However, the result is very empty and shallow. I waited to write this review hoping that I would change my mind or that I would gain some great insights to share. The IDEA of this book was good – the tale of two hugely successful fashion designers and the ways that their relationship changed them from friends into bitter rivals. I got the sense that the writer chose the easiest path – using gossip and dishy interviews- instead of bringing any kind of insight or compassion to the piece. It is true that there was a lot of excess and shallowness in the 1970’s. It was also a time of tremendous creativity and social change. This book was an opportunity to increase the level of understanding about all of this and that opportunity was missed.