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A Traveller's History of Italy
(8th edition)
Valerio Lintner

published 2008 • 5" x 7 3/4" • 304 pages • maps and line drawings
ISBN 9781566565219 (UK ISBN 9781905214556) • paperback • $14.95

A Traveller’s History of Italy analyzes the development of the Italian people from pre-historic times right through to the imaginative, resourceful and fiercely independent Italians we know today. All the major periods of Italian history are dealt with, including the Etruscans, the Romans, the communes and the city states which spawned the glories of the Renaissance. In more modern times, Unification and the development and the degeneration of the Liberal state into Fascism are covered, as well as the rise of Italy to the position it currently enjoys as a leading member of the European Community. The Gazetteer, which is cross-referenced to the main text, highlights sites, towns, churches and cathedrals of historical importance to the visitor. For traveller’s on the ground or students at their desks, this handy paperback will prove invaluable.

Valerio Lintner studied at the Universities of Reading and Bologna, and at the European University Institute in Florence. He has strong personal and cultural ties with Italy, where he lived for several years and which he now visits frequently. He is principal Lecturer at London Guildhall University.


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"Though it packs much information into a very small space, it is written in a light easy-to-read style which avoids the pitfalls of dryness or alternatively of forced humour...I recommend it to students and other interested in Italian history of whatever period."
—Open History

"If you can't tell your Asti from your Alba "A Traveller's History of Italy" makes ideal reading putting names and places...into proper perspective"
—The Daily Telegraph



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