When the first edition of this book was published, the Christian ScienceMonitor called it one of the mostconcise and informative books toappear on Italy since the end of Fascism. Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition insures thatProfessor Hughes' work will retain itspreeminence as the best single introduction to contemporary Italy.Professor Hughes outlines the geographic, economic, and psychological factors that have conditionedItaly's development, and reviews thetraditional contacts between Italy andthe United States, in particular theimmigration of Italians to this country. The chapters on Italy's historicaldevelopment interpret the trends andforcesthe legacy of Fascism,anti-Fascism, the Second WorldWarthat still affect Italy today.Hughes' treatment of Italy's cultural,economic, and international status issuccinct and stimulating.Two new chapters have been added for this third edition, dealing with the problems produced by the country's rapid industrial growth. The first situates the new Italy in its ecological and social context, delineating the stresses that have resulted from rapid change, among them political terrorism and the protest movements of women and of youth. The second assesses the transformation of Italian public life that the leading Eurocommunist party in the Westernworld has brought about.
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