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The Archipelago. Italy Since 1945



The Archipelago. Italy Since 1945

Presentation of the latest book by renowned historian John Foot.

Italy emerged from World War Two in ruins. Divided, invaded and economically broken, it was a nation that some claimed had ceased to exist. By the 1960s, Italy could boast the fastest growing economy in the world, as rural society disappeared almost overnight.

In The Archipelago, Foot chronicles Italy's tumultuous history from the post-war to the present. He examines both the corrupt and celebrated sides of the country: from the silent assimilation of fascists into society after 1945 to the troubling reign of Silvio Berlusconi, and from the artistic peak of neorealist cinema to the celebration of Italy's 150th birthday in 2011. While often portrayed as a failed state on the margins of Europe, Italy has instead been at the centre of innovation and change – a political laboratory. Through stories of trials, TV programmes, songs and football matches, moments of violence and beauty, epochal social transformation and suffocating continuities, this new history tells a fascinating story of a country always marked by scandal but with the constant ability to re-invent itself.

This event will be held in English


John Foot is Professor of Modern Italian History in the Department of Italian, University of Bristol. His most recent publications include Modern Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and The Man who Closed the Asylums. Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care (Verso, 2015) which came out in 2014 as La Repubblica dei Matti. Franco Basaglia e la psichiatria radicale in Italia, 1961-1978 (Feltrinelli). The Archipelago. Italy Since 1945 is his latest book.


Data: Mer 6 Giu 2018

Orario: Alle 18:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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