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The Force of Destiny
  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141908342
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

The Force of Destiny

A History of Italy Since 1796



The greatness of Italy's culture and way of life have had a powerful attraction for many generations of visitors. This has created an overwhelming sense that Italy is a fundamentally benign and easy going country. The Force of Destiny, Christopher Duggan's immensely enjoyable new book, lays waste to this idea. While sharing everyone's enthusiasm for Italy as a place, he strongly distinguishes this from its political role over the past two centuries, which has been both vicious and ruinous for Europe as a whole.

  • Published: 24 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141908342
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

About the author

Christopher Duggan

Christopher Duggan is Professor of Italian History at Reading University. He has written several books on modern Italian history, including History of Sicily, with M. I. Finley and D. Mack Smith, Fascism and the Mafia, A concise history of Italy and Francesco Crispi: From Nation to Nationalism. His most recent book is The Force of Destiny: a History of Italy Since 1796.

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