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David Gilmour, The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their peoples, London, Allen Lane, 2011.

Of the many Italies, the most enduring are  the Italy of communes that existed in Dante’s time.  This is the theme of David Gilmour’s highly readable history, and the implication is that the communes are set to outlast the Italy united mid-nineteenth century by the heroes of the Risorgimento. The … Continue reading

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