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  • Dominion

    How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

    by Tom Holland ...
    A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination.Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-was to be worshipped as a god. Dominion explores ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Abortion in Early Modern Italy

    series I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history
    A comprehensive history of abortion in Renaissance Italy.In this authoritative history, John Christopoulos provides a provocative and far-reaching account of abortion in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. His poignant portraits of women who terminated or were forced to terminate pregnancies offer a corrective to longstanding views: he finds that Italians maintained a fundamental ambivalence ... Read more

    $41.99 USD

  • Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction

    series Very Short Introductions
    The history of modern Italy is characterized by recurrent cultural and political projects of modernity, rejuvenation, and regeneration; projects which often had their roots in a widespread dissatisfaction with social and political reality, and perceived moral corruption. The Risorgimento, the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861, explicitly linked the quest for national unity to a ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Building the Italian Renaissance

    Brunelleschi's Dome and the Florence Cathedral

    series Reacting to the Past™
    Building the Italian Renaissance focuses on the competition to select a team to execute the final architectural challenge of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the erection of its dome. Although the model for the dome was widely known, the question of how this was to be accomplished was the great challenge of the age. This dome would be the largest ever built. This is foremost a technical ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Garments of Court and Palace

    Machiavelli and the World That He Made

    A “serious and thoughtful” interpretation of Machiavelli’s life and thought—and its relevance today—from the acclaimed author of Terror and Consent (The Times, London).Constitutional scholar Philip Bobbitt turns his expert attention to the life and work of Niccolo Machiavelli, the sixteenth century political philosopher whose classic text The Prince remains one of the most important and ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • A Brief History of Italy

    Indispensable for Travellers

    by Jeremy Black ...
    'Jeremy Black skilfully sketches social, cultural and political trends' - Christina Hardyment, Times audiobook of the week'A remarkable mixture of cold history, wide culture and personal experience'Ciro Paoletti, Secretary General of the Italian Commission of Military HistoryDespite the Roman Empire's famous 500-year reign over Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East, Italy does not have the ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Galileo's Idol

    Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge

    by Nick Wilding ...
    Galileo’s Idol offers a vivid depiction of Galileo’s friend, student, and patron, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571–1620). Sagredo’s life, which has never before been studied in depth, brings to light the inextricable relationship between the production, distribution, and reception of political information and scientific knowledge.Nick Wilding uses as wide a variety of sources as possible—paintings, ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • Rome

    A History in Seven Sackings

    “This magnificent love letter to Rome” (Stephen Greenblatt) tells the story of the Eternal City through pivotal moments that defined its history—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to the German occupation in World War Two—“an erudite history that reads like a page-turner” (Maria Semple).Rome, the Eternal City. It is a hugely popular tourist destination with a ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Lidia's Italy

    140 simple and delicious recipes from the ten places in Italy Lidia loves most: A Cookbook

    Featuring 140 mouthwatering new recipes, a gastronomic journey of the Italian regions that have inspired and informed Lidia Bastianich's legendary cooking.For the home cook and the armchair traveler alike, Lidia's Italy offers a short introduction to ten regions of Italy—from Piemonte to Puglia—with commentary on nearby cultural treasures by Lidia's daughter Tanya, an art historian.· In Istria, ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Paradise of Cities

    Venice in the Nineteenth Century

    John Julius Norwich’s A History of Venice has been dubbed “indispensable” by none other than Jan Morris. Now, in his second book on the city once known as La Serenissima, Norwich advances the story in this elegant chronicle of a hundred years of Venice’s highs and lows, from its ignominious capture by Napoleon in 1797 to the dawn of the 20th century.An obligatory stop on the Grand Tour for any ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Attacco al cuore dello Stato

    Le Brigate Rosse da Sossi a Moro

    La guerra era iniziata, la propaganda era finita. Nel giugno 1976 il nuovo corso della guerra delle BR allo Stato era stato inaugurato dall’uccisione di Coco, Procuratore di Genova. Prima di lui il sequestro del giudice Sossi aveva rappresentato un cambio di strategia nell’azione brigatista: dall’azione dimostrativa al confronto diretto con lo Stato, che avrà il suo punto di non ritorno con il ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • July 1914

    Countdown to War

    by Sean McMeekin ...
    When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God's will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflict -- much less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • La repubblica dei vinti

    Storie di Italiani a Salò

    Fu solo negli anni novanta, quando per la prima volta si parlò di «guerra civile», che le vicende della Resistenza e di ciò che accadde dopo l’8 settembre 1943 vennero rimesse in discussione da storici e intellettuali, e l’opinione pubblica si confrontò nuovamente con uno dei periodi più tragici dell’Italia del secolo scorso. In quegli stessi anni Sergio Tau, regista di documentari per la RAI, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy

    The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy explores the rich devotional life of the Italian household between 1450 and 1600. Rejecting the enduring stereotype of the Renaissance as a secular age, this interdisciplinary study reveals the home to have been an important site of spiritual revitalization. Books, buildings, objects, spaces, images, and archival sources are scrutinized to cast new light on the ... Read more

    $35.99 USD

  • Seeking Sicily

    A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

    by John Keahey ...
    "Keahey's exploration of this misunderstood island offers a much-needed look at a much-maligned land."—Paul Paolicelli, author of Under the Southern SunSicily is the Mediterranean's largest and most mysterious island. Its people, for three thousand years under the thumb of one invader after another, hold tightly onto a culture so unique that they remain emotionally and culturally distinct, viewing ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Discovery of Pasta

    A History in Ten Dishes

    by Luca Cesari ...
    Translated by Johanna Bishop ...
    What is Italy without pasta? Come to think of it, where would the rest of us be without this staple of global cuisine? An acclaimed Italian food writer tells the colorful and often-surprising history of everyone’s favorite dish.In this hugely charming and entertaining chronicle of everyone’s favorite dish, acclaimed Italian food writer and historian Luca Cesari draws on literature, history, and ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Medici Bank

    Its Organization, Management, Operations, and Decline

    Professor Raymond de Roover received his MBA from Harvard University in June 1938, and it was during that summer that he, together with his wife, Florence Edler, an American scholar studying European economic history, photographed the records that would form the basis for this Medici Bank study.First published in 1948, this publication examines the structural organization and eventual fall of the ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Rise of Rome

    From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars

    by Kathryn Lomas ...
    series History of the Ancient World
    By the third century BC, the once-modest settlement of Rome had conquered most of Italy and was poised to build an empire throughout the Mediterranean basin. What transformed a humble city into the preeminent power of the region? In The Rise of Rome, the historian and archaeologist Kathryn Lomas reconstructs the diplomatic ploys, political stratagems, and cultural exchanges whereby Rome ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • The Monster of Florence

    In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt and Erik Larson, the author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Lost City of the Monkey God presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence as he seeks to uncover one of the most infamous figures in Italian history.In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Pagans

    The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

    A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional” religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of Augustine.Pagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. These ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Ruin of the Roman Empire

    A New History

    “Anexotic and instructive tale, told with life, learning and just the right measure of laughter on every page. O’Donnell combines a historian’s mastery of substance with a born storyteller’s sense of style to create a magnificent work of art.” — Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of StateThe dream Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the ... Read more

    $11.49 USD

  • The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior

    The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped

    Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Cesare Borgia—three iconic figures whose intersecting lives provide the basis for this astonishing work of narrative history. They could not have been more different, and they would meet only for a short time in 1502, but the events that transpired when they did would significantly alter each man’s perceptions—and the course of Western history.In 1502, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The City of Falling Angels

    by John Berendt ...
    **A #1 New York Times Bestseller!"Funny, insightful, illuminating . . ." —The Boston Globe**Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Gomorrah

    A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System

    Translated by Virginia Jewiss ...
    The basis of the Sundance TV series GomorrahA New York Times Notable Book of the YearGomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.A groundbreaking major bestseller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of ... Read more

    $11.99 USD