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The Force of Destiny A History of Italy Since 1796

Italy's art music literature and architecture with its economic and social realities and political development to tell this extraordinary European story The first English language book to cover the full scope of modern Italy from its origins than two hundred years ago to the present The Force of Destiny is a brilliant and comprehensive study and a frightening example of how easily nation building and nationalism can slip toward authoritarianism and war. If you want to know what events led to the modern Italian state this is the book for you A scholarly but readable text some close reading reuired but well worth it

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A sweeping first of its kind history of the creation of modern ItalyThe birth of modern Italy was a messy affair Inspired by a small group of writers intellectuals and politicians Italy struggled in the first half of the nineteenth century to unite all Italians under one rule throwing aside a multitude of corrupt old rulers and foreign occupiers In the midst of this turmoil Italian politicians felt compelled by a “force of destiny” hideously at odds. The Force of Destiny A History of Italy Since 1796 by Christopher Duggan is a history of Italy around the time of its independence up until the present The history often focuses on the literary and social aspects that many political events in the country sparked This work can be suarely defined as a post modern history First I will talk about the good This book does have some highly engaging content with interesting anecdotes from local peoples authors and political figures that existed through Italy s tumultuous history since 1796 For example the author euates scenes from Carlo Collodi s Pinocchio to Italian moral ineptitude The work is dotted with references like Pinocchio which can provide an interesting ba

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With Italian reality After great sacrifice Italy was finally unified and turned out to be just as fragile impoverished and backward as it had been before The resentments this created led to Italy’s destructive role in World War I the subseuent rise of Mussolini and authoritarianism in the 1920s and ’30s and the nation's humiliating defeat in World War II This haunting legacy deeply informs the Italy of todayChristopher Duggan skillfully interweaves. This excellent book is not so much a history of Italy as it is a history of the nation of Italy As Christopher Duggan demonstrates Italian nationalism was confined to a few intellectuals artists and professionals with regional identities predominant among the rest of the population As a result unification was superficial for much of the populace who often found themselves at odds with the liberal state and forced to choose between this artificial link and their much deeper seated loyalty to the Catholic Church This approach helps make the appeal of Fascism much understandable with Duggan s analysis of this period one of the strongest points of this book In the end the reader is left with a deeper understandin


About the Author: Christopher Duggan

Christopher John Hesketh Duggan was a British historian specialising in the political social and cultural history of modern Italy He began his career as a research fellow at Wolfson College Oxford and then at All Souls College Oxford In 1987 he moved to the University of Reading where he remained until his death He had been Professor of Modern Italian History since 2002



10 thoughts on “The Force of Destiny A History of Italy Since 1796

  1. says:

    In many cases I'm not a big fan of post modernist methods of relaying history A strict linear recounting of facts can get tedious to be sure but all the claptrap of myth and narrative involved in post modernism can make a reader lose the sense of what happened and when Duggan is one of the few historians I have read who can combine linear and post modern methods and come up with a viable readable and interestin

  2. says:

    The Force of Destiny A History of Italy Since 1796 by Christopher Duggan is a history of Italy around the time of its independence up until t

  3. says:

    Don't normally read Non Fiction but this provided a good background on the history of Italy and relevant to my Foundation Degree Course If you w

  4. says:

    An insightful record of Italy’s modern history and search for identity Although the Italian peninsula dominated

  5. says:

    History may repeat itself but modern Italian history does seem unusually uniue Its union was nothing like that of Germany and its split north south nothing like that of the United States Duggan does a good job of drawing out these things

  6. says:

    This excellent book is not so much a history of Italy as it is a history of the nation of Italy As Christopher Duggan demonstrates Italian nationalism was confined to a few intellectuals artists and professionals with regional identities predominant among the rest of the population As a result unification was superficial

  7. says:

    If you want to know what events led to the modern Italian state this is the book for you A scholarly but readable text some close reading reuired but well worth it

  8. says:

    Christopher Duggan died at only 57 and while that is tragic for all the usual reasons his contribution to the literature of modern Italian hist

  9. says:

    Duggan isn't so good on post WW2 Italian history but he covers the period from 1796 1945 some 540 pages of this 600pg book exceptionally well As a one volume history of Italy you can't go wrong with this book Fantastically well written incisive analysis a thorough examination of the source material and a fine in

  10. says:

    The Force of Destiny is not a history of Italy it is rather a history of the idea of Italy as held by the political and cultural elites of the region Facts about the region which was unified into the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 are only alluded to when it is necessary to explain a change in this idea Duggan writes in his preface This book ceases to examine how under the impact of the Napoleon invasion and the m

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