The History of Italy
Since earliest times Italy has been impacted by cultural and political divisions resulting from the country's contrasting geography and by circumstances that made Italy the theatre of many important struggles over power in Europe.
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Origin of the Name 'Italy'

Early Italy

Bronze Age

People of Italy

Roman Italy

Roman Empire

Middle Ages




Holy Roman Empire (Incl. European Dynasties 962-1946)

Rise of the Italian City-States

Kingdom of Sicily

History of Naples

Italian Renaissance & Foreign Domination

Napoleonic Era in Italy



Italy's Unity (short version)

Italian Unification (detailed)


Kingdom Of Italy

Fascist Period

Rise of Fascism

Fascist Expansionism

World War II

Postwar Italy

Source: Bibliography: Burckhardt, Jakob, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860; repr. 1990); Burke, Peter, A Social History of Italy, 15th to 17th Centuries (1988); Cannistraro, Philip, ed., Historical Dictionary of Fascist Italy (1982); Carpanetto, Dino, and Ricuperati, Giuseppe, Italy in the Age of Reason (1987); Coppa, Frank, ed., A Dictionary of Modern Italian History (1985); Hay, Denys, The Italian Renaissance and Its Historical Background (1961); Herlihy, David, Cities and Societies in Medieval Italy (1980); King, Bolton, A History of Italian Unity, 2 vols. (1927; repr. 1967); Larner, John, Italy in the Age of Dante and Petrarch (1980); Mack Smith, Denis, Italy: A Modern History, rev. ed. (1969); Potter, T. W., Roman Italy (1987); Spivey, Nigel, and Stoddard, Simon, Etruscan Italy: An Archaeological History (1992); Waley, D. P., The Italian City-Republics (1969); Wickham, Chris, Early Medieval Italy (1981); Woolf, Stuart, A History of Italy, 1700-1860 (1991); Zamagni, Vera, The Economic History of Italy, 1860-1990 (1993), research Gianni B. Arcaini
The Almanac of Record, Millennium Edition 
Created: November 1996
Updated: 06/20/09
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