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A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988 (edition 1990)

by Paul Ginsborg (Author)

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In this long-awaited book (already a major bestseller in Italy) Ginsborg has created a fascinating, sophisticated and definitive account of how Italy has coped, or failed to cope, with the past two decades. Contemporary Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the countries have roughly the same extent, population size and GNP - and yet they are fantastically different. Ginsborg sees this difference as most fundamentally clear in the role of the family and it is the family which is at the heart of Italian politics and business. Anyone wishing to understand contemporary Italy will find it essential to have this enormously attractive and intelligent book.… (more)
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Massively researched, with statistics and meticulous notes. An interesting read that explains the economic and social transformation of Italian society from mass movement blocs to the success of familial capitalism.
The period covered corresponds to the Christian Democrat Party's entrenchment in power and its alliances with lesser equals, most notably the Communists.
Ginsborg sums up by saying that political reform in Italy has always been hampered by the slowness and reluctance of state machinery to implement it, because of pervading clientalist mentalities, the autonomy of state and regional bureaucracies and constant negotiation between competing interests.
  ivanfranko | May 19, 2020 |
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  alessandragg | Apr 25, 2020 |
This authoritative work--the first to combine social and political perspectives--is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and "the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside." (Amazon.com)
  GiulianaC | Nov 18, 2019 |
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