The Archipelago: Italy Since 1945

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A sparkling history of Italy from the post-war to the present by renowned historian John Foot

Italy emerged from the Second World War 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, acclaimed historian John Foot chronicles Italy's tumultuous history from the post-war period to the present. 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, he examines both the corrupt and celebrated sides of the country.
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 the fascinating story of a country always marked by scandal but with the constant ability to re-invent itself.

Comprising original research and lively insights, The Archipelago chronicles the crises and modernisations of over seventy years of post-war Italy, from its fields, factories, squares and housing estates to the political intrigue of Rome.

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It's an astonishing achievement, and structurally so innovative: a pointillistic portrait of a complicated country as the title suggests. It captures the sweep of post-war Italian history but is so precise and detailed as well. The assembling of great stories, anecdotes, quotations and characters makes reading it effortless but also immensely rewarding (Tobias Jones)

An enjoyable, highly readable history that manages to bring murky, often fiendishly complex events into the light, providing insight and clarity. That is no small achievement (Sunday Times)

[A] lively history . Superbly researched (Observer)

'[A] breathless and entertaining (or despairing) voyage through postwar Italy . A pleasure to read. It is not just about politics. It is also full of characters, vignettes and interesting facts (Donald Sassoon Literary Review)

Admirable . Foot's expertise in an illuminating range of subcultures is deep (Daily Telegraph)

This deft history book guides readers through Italy's turbulent, complicated (and corrupt) postwar history (The Times)

[A] fine, ambitious book ... A series of neatly written tableaux and portraits (Herald)

If you read only one sporting book this year, make it Pedalare! Pedalare! ... Absorbing, compelling and brilliant (Praise for 'Pedalare! Pedalare!', Evening Standard)

Sparkling ... alive with terrific characters ... The key to [Foot's] success lies with the larger-than-life characters who people these pages (Praise for 'Pedalare! Pedalare!', Spectator)

The first general account in English of the second biking culture ... As this year's Giro d'Italia hopefuls head out over a dramatic parcours, the ghosts Foot evokes will stir once more (Praise for 'Pedalare! Pedalare!', Independent on Sunday)

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