Sicily: An Informal History


"This work covers the extensive and varied history of the island of Sicily from the pre-historic period to the present. Sicily is a microcosm of the whole of Western and Mediterranean history, a place where more than five thousand years of history can be seen in a concentrated and accessible area. There are vivid descriptions of the island's varied historic sites, such as the prehistoric remains of the Neolithic age; the dramatic ruins of the Greek temples and theaters; the Roman villas and ampitheaters; and more. Finally, the dramatic periods of the Napoleonic Wars and the Risorgimento - the birth of the modern Italian nation - are described here in relation to the island's history, as are the events that led to Sicily's emergence into the modern industrial world. The book includes two appendices comprising a timeline of the long and varied course of Sicilian history; and a travel itinerary covering the full extent of the island and noting the many historic cities and sites described in each chapter." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001


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