ITALY AND THE ITALIANS by Count Carlo Sforza


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Originally presented in a series of lectures at the University of California- ""Contemporary Italy and Its Intellectual and Moral Origins"", this is a political and cultural impression of Italy in the past and in the present. And the study is at all times a suggestive, civilized and lettered one, reflecting the larger trends and traits which make up the character of the country. The ""universalism"" of her history and political thought, her literature, which with its beginning-Dante- achieved formal perfection; the Arcadia of the 18th century and the pastoral return to nature; the romanticism which followed; the unity of Italy- a dream for four centuries- finally achieved by Mazzini and Cavour; the Italian dialects; her relationships with her neighbors; the importance of family and religion, and above all the ""most particularist and individualistic"" nature of the Italian people.... The quality of this country, and her contributions, in sympathetic synthesis.

Pub Date: May 9th, 1949
Publisher: Dutton