Il Mondo Contemporaneo

Author: Giovanni Sabbatucci
ISBN: 9788842082859
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One Hundred Most Influential Books Ever Written

Author: Martin Seymour-Smith
ISBN: 9781567316780
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Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 150951533X
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We have long since lost our faith in the idea that human beings could achieve human happiness in some future ideal state—a state that Thomas More, writing five centuries ago, tied to a topos, a fixed place, a land, an island, a sovereign state under a wise and benevolent ruler. But while we have lost our faith in utopias of all hues, the human aspiration that made this vision so compelling has not died. Instead it is re-emerging today as a vision focused not on the future but on the past, not on a future-to-be-created but on an abandoned and undead past that we could call retrotopia. The emergence of retrotopia is interwoven with the deepening gulf between power and politics that is a defining feature of our contemporary liquid-modern world—the gulf between the ability to get things done and the capability of deciding what things need to be done, a capability once vested with the territorially sovereign state. This deepening gulf has rendered nation-states unable to deliver on their promises, giving rise to a widespread disenchantment with the idea that the future will improve the human condition and a mistrust in the ability of nation-states to make this happen. True to the utopian spirit, retrotopia derives its stimulus from the urge to rectify the failings of the present human condition—though now by resurrecting the failed and forgotten potentials of the past. Imagined aspects of the past, genuine or putative, serve as the main landmarks today in drawing the road-map to a better world. Having lost all faith in the idea of building an alternative society of the future, many turn instead to the grand ideas of the past, buried but not yet dead. Such is retrotopia, the contours of which are examined by Zygmunt Bauman in this sharp dissection of our contemporary romance with the past.

Colonial Caring

Author: Helen Sweet
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526100010
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From the height of colonialism in the mid-nineteenth century, through to the aftermath of the Second World War, nurses have been at the heart of colonial projects. They were ideally placed to insinuate the 'improving' culture of their employers into the local communities they served, and travelled in droves to far-flung parts of the globe to serve their country. Issues of gender, class and race permeate this book, as the complex relationships between nurses, their medical colleagues, governments and the populations they nursed are examined in detail, using case studies which draw on exciting new sources. Many of the chapters are based on first-hand accounts of nurses and reveal that not all were motivated by patriotic vigour or altruism, but went out in search of adventure. The book will be an essential read for colonial historians, as well as historians of gender and ethnicity.

Temporary Perfections

Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
Editor: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1904738842
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The fourth Guerrieri in the series. An investigation into the disappearance of a poor little rich girl in Southern Italy.

Italy S Margins

Author: David Forgacs
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107052173
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Five case studies show how different people and places were marginalized and socially excluded as the Italian nation-state was formed.

Criminal Law In Liberal And Fascist Italy

Author: Paul Garfinkel
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316817733
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By extending the chronological parameters of existing scholarship, and by focusing on legal experts' overriding and enduring concern with 'dangerous' forms of common crime, this study offers a major reinterpretation of criminal-law reform and legal culture in Italy from the Liberal (1861–1922) to the Fascist era (1922–43). Garfinkel argues that scholars have long overstated the influence of positivist criminology on Italian legal culture and that the kingdom's penal-reform movement was driven not by the radical criminological theories of Cesare Lombroso, but instead by a growing body of statistics and legal researches that related rising rates of crime to the instability of the Italian state. Drawing on a vast array of archival, legal and official sources, the author explains the sustained and wide-ranging interest in penal-law reform that defined this era in Italian legal history while analyzing the philosophical underpinnings of that reform and its relationship to contemporary penal-reform movements abroad.

Scenari Del Mondo Contemporaneo Dal 1815 A Oggi

Author: Giovanni Montroni
Editor: Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa
ISBN: 8858116828
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Il manuale ripercorre le vicende della storia mondiale lungo un arco di tempo bisecolare che dal congresso di Vienna arriva fino ai nostri giorni. Dopo aver delineato vicende demografiche, evoluzioni ambientali, trasformazioni di sistemi produttivi e forme di organizzazione del lavoro industriale negli ultimi due secoli, il volume adotta un scansione cronologica definita da avvenimenti considerati particolarmente periodizzanti: congresso di Vienna (1814-1815), nascita dell'Impero tedesco (1871), prima guerra mondiale (1914- 1918), invasione dell'Ungheria (1956), crollo del sistema sovietico (1991). L'ultimo capitolo segue le più recenti vicende mondiali fino al 2004.

The Historian S Craft

Author: Marc Bloch
Editor: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719032929
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This work, by the co-founder of the "Annales School" deals with the uses and methods of history. It is useful for students of history, teachers of historiography and all those interested in the writings of the Annales school.