A Concise History of Italy (unabridged)

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Christopher Duggan

A Concise History of Italy

Read by Jonathan Keeble


Since its formation in 1861, Italy has struggled to develop an effective political system and a secure sense of national identity. Christopher Duggan’s acclaimed introduction charts the country’s history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the present day, and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in creating a unified country. Duggan successfully weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. The audiobook includes coverage of 19th- and 20th-century Italy, as well as a section devoted to Italy in the 21st century. This is the ideal resource for those seeking an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Italian history.

  • Running Time: 11 h 54 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-271-6
    Cat. no.:NA0376
    Download size:270 MB
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Text:© 2014 Christopher Duggan
    Released:June 2019
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Narrator Jonathan Keeble brings a fine British accent and a pleasingly gruff voice to this account of Italy’s (mostly political and economic) history. [F]or the most part, his narration is thoughtful, showing attention to each sentence, yet still energetic, and he is very able at shaping phrases and conveying meaning. When there’s an opportunity to act (as in quotations) or add a bit of excitement (at the end of WWII, for example), he does. This is, overall, an intelligent and capable delivery of an informative overview of Italian history.

W.M., AudioFile

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