journal of world history, june 2012 The Failure of Italian Nationhood: The Geopolitics of a Troubled Identity. By manlio graziano. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 274 pp. $80.00 (cloth). In its journey from the French and Italian to the English version, the title of this book has become less tentative and more pessimistic: while it originally read "Italy without Nation?" three years later it reads The Failure of Italian Nationhood. What justifies the radical reassessment implied in the new title? Unfortunately, Graziano does not enlighten us on the reasons for this change--and they may be purely editorial, as often happens. One thing is certain: the English title of this book will make the secession-threatening and xenophobic Northern League quite happy--if they ever bother to read a book in English (or a book at all), that is. Questions of title aside, the volume is an essay on the trajectory of modern Italy that intends to explain to a foreign observer the "profound changes that are under way in Italian politics, and, more generally in Italian society" (p. vii). Graziano finds the explanation in the longue durée (mostly the past two hundred years--since the beginning of the struggle for unification--with
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 9, 2012
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