THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF ITALY by David Travis

THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF ITALY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Latest in the Portraits of the Nations series: a well-written overview of contemporary political, social, and economic issues, as well as the history and geography of the Italian peninsula, usefully organized around three themes--the role of history in shaping present-day Italy; the peoples of Italy, past and present; and the regional diversity of modern Italy. Chapters are clearly and logically subdivided by topic, with ``extra'' material in boxes. Not overloaded with names, dates, or statistics, but those that are included are fascinating (``Nearly three quarters of all of Western Europe's art is in Italy''). The author's discussions of parliamentary democracy, women's rights, and church-state relations challenge outdated perceptions of Italy as politically unstable and socially conservative. In all, an admirably concise introduction to a vast subject. Numerous b&w photos and maps; some photos could have been more closely coordinated with the text. Interesting annotated bibliographies of historical and literary works; annotated lists of films (including sources); disappointing ``Discography'' (no specific titles); index not seen. (Nonfiction. 11+)

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-06-022778-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1992




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