The Pursuit of Italy

A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples

Author: David Gilmour

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466801549

Category: History

Page: 480

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One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? These questions are asked and answered in a number of ways in this engaging, original consideration of the many histories that contribute to the brilliance-and weakness-of Italy today. David Gilmour's wonderfully readable exploration of Italian life over the centuries is filled with provocative anecdotes as well as personal observations, and is peopled with the great figures of the Italian past-from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medicis, from Garibaldi and Cavour to the controversial politicians of the twentieth century. Gilmour's wise account of the Risorgimento, the pivotal epoch in modern Italian history, debunks the nationalistic myths that surround it, though he paints a sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, a beloved hero of the era. Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive art, civic cultures, identities, and cuisines. Italy's inhabitants identified themselves not as Italians but as Tuscans and Venetians, Sicilians and Lombards, Neapolitans and Genoese. Italy's strength and culture still come from its regions rather than from its misconceived, mishandled notion of a unified nation. With The Pursuit of Italy, David Gilmour has provided a coherent, persuasive, and entertaining interpretation of the paradoxes of Italian life, past and present.
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Stille

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 388897836X

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

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Harold Cleaver ist auf dem Höhepunkt seiner Karriere als Fernsehjournalist. Über sein denkwürdiges Interview mit dem amerikanischen Präsidenten spricht man im ganzen Land, nicht nur in London. Man spricht aber auch über das gerade erschienene Buch seines Sohnes, ein kaum verschlüsselter Roman über seinen Vater: "Im Schatten des Allmächtigen". Und plötzlich ist ihm klar, dass er weg muss. Weg von der medialen Öffentlichkeit, weg von seiner langjährigen Lebensgefährtin und den gemeinsamen Kindern. Das Bedürfnis nach Stille ist übermächtig. Er bucht einen Flug nach Mailand und fährt in ein entlegenes Dorf in Südtirol, um dort eine Hütte "über der Lärmgrenze" zu finden, wo er für niemanden mehr erreichbar ist. Wochen später, eingeschneit in dieser abgelegenen Hütte, muss er feststellen, dass die Stille kein Garant für Ruhe ist und dass nichts so verstörend ist wie die Stimmen im eigenen Kopf.
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Unser allerbestes Jahr

Roman

Author: David Gilmour

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104008930

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Eltern sind auch nur Menschen. Und was macht man mit einem Sohn, der nicht mehr in die Schule gehen möchte? David, der Vater, schlägt Jesse einen ungewöhnlichen Handel vor: freie Kost und Logis, aber drei Filme pro Woche. Von Truffaut über Hitchcock bis hin zu ›Basic Instinct‹. Nachmittage und Abende gemeinsam auf dem Sofa. Kein Kurs in Filmgeschichte, sondern viel Zeit zum Reden über falsche Freundinnen, die richtigen Drogen, verlorene und gefundene Liebe. Und darüber, wie lebenswichtig Leidenschaft ist. Ein wahres und weises, zärtliches und urkomisches Buch über gebrochene Herzen im Film und im wirklichen Leben und darüber, dass Erwachsenwerden nichts mit dem Alter zu tun hat.
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Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

Author: Mary P. Nichols

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080145557X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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In Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, Mary P. Nichols argues for the centrality of the idea of freedom in Thucydides' thought. Through her close reading of his History of the Peloponnesian War, she explores the manifestations of this theme. Cities and individuals in Thucydides' history take freedom as their goal, whether they claim to possess it and want to maintain it or whether they desire to attain it for themselves or others. Freedom is the goal of both antagonists in the Peloponnesian War, Sparta and Athens, although in different ways. One of the fullest expressions of freedom can be seen in the rhetoric of Thucydides’ Pericles, especially in his famous funeral oration. More than simply documenting the struggle for freedom, however, Thucydides himself is taking freedom as his cause. On the one hand, he demonstrates that freedom makes possible human excellence, including courage, self-restraint, deliberation, and judgment, which support freedom in turn. On the other hand, the pursuit of freedom, in one’s own regime and in the world at large, clashes with interests and material necessity, and indeed the very passions required for its support. Thucydides’ work, which he himself considered a possession for all time, therefore speaks very much to our time, encouraging the defense of freedom while warning of the limits and dangers in doing so. The powerful must defend freedom, Thucydides teaches, but beware that the cost not become freedom itself.
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Ein Haus im Veneto

Roman

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442452507

Category:

Page: 383

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Auf der Suche nach Italien

Eine Geschichte der Menschen, Städte und Regionen von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart

Author: David Gilmour

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608104968

Category: History

Page: 512

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Elegant und kenntnisreich führt David Gilmour seine Leser durch die Geschichte der Halbinsel. Er reichert seine Darstellung an mit prächtigen Anekdoten, sinnlichen Eindrücken und interessanten Gesprächen. Ein kluges und inspiriertes Buch. Gilmour zeigt, dass die Pracht Italiens immer in seinen Regionen mit ihrer je eigenen Kunst, städtischen Kultur, Identität und Küche gelegen hat. Die Regionen brachten die mittelalterlichen Städte und die Renaissance, die Republik Venedig und das Großherzogtum Toskana hervor, die beiden kultiviertesten Staaten der europäischen Geschichte. Dieses fesselnde Buch erklärt die italienische Geschichte so klug und stimmig, dass jeder Italienliebhaber seine Freude daran haben muss. Ein wahres Lesevergnügen, voll ausgewählter Geschichten und Beobachtungen aus persönlicher Erfahrung und bevölkert mit großen Gestalten der Vergangenheit: von Cicero und Vergil bis zu Dante und den Medici, von Cavour und Verdi bis zu den umstrittenen politischen Figuren des 20. Jahrhunderts. Das Buch wirft einen klarsichtigen Blick auf das Risorgimento. Es entzaubert die Mythen, die sich darum ranken.
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The Iceberg in the Mist: Northern Research in Pursuit of a “Little Ice Age”

Author: A.E.J. Ogilvie,Trausti Jónsson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940173352X

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 6873

THE "LITTLE ICE AGE": LOCAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES P. D. JONES and K. R. BRIFFA Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK. This volume of Climatic Change is devoted to the study of the climate of the last 1000 years, with a major emphasis on the last few centuries. The timespan encompasses what has been referred to as the "Little Ice Age" (Bradley, 1992). This term was originally coined by glaciologists, with reference to the most recent major glacial advance of the Holocene (Bradley and Jones, 1993). Although other such advances in different parts of the world may not have been synchronous, the term "Little Ice Age" has come to be associated with the period of a widespread foreward movement of European glaciers between about 14 50 to 1850, as well as with relatively cooler temperatures. The issue of whether or not this concept is appropriate, is a major theme of many of the papers included in this volume.
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In Pursuit of Glory

The Autobiography

Author: Bradley Wiggins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409129144

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Bradley Wiggins is a British sporting legend. Not only has he won seven World Track Championships and a record-equalling seven Olympic medals, including double-gold in Beijing in 2008 and gold in the time trial in London in 2012, he is the first Briton to have won cycling's ultimate prize, the Tour de France. He is an immensely talented and dedicated endurance athlete with a gritty, down-to-earth persona - cool, outspoken, respected, inspiring - and he has helped to bring track and road cycling to a new audience in the UK. With new material by Brendan Gallagher, co-author of the original edition, this is the story of a boy with bikes in his blood, of a son abandoned by his father and of the journey from council estate to the very pinnacle of the sport. IN PURSUIT OF GLORY is a compelling, no-holds-barred account of Wiggins' rise to global success and an extraordinary insight into the world of cycling.
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In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts

A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Author: Stephen L. Dyson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300134971

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 9989

divThe stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This fascinating book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world. As archaeologist Stephen Dyson shows, Greek and Roman archaeological study was closely intertwined with ideas about class and social structure; the rise of nationalism and later political ideologies such as fascism; and the physical and cultural development of most of the important art museums in Europe and the United States, whose prestige depended on their creation of collections of classical art. Accompanied by a discussion of the history of each of the major national traditions and their significant figures, this lively book shows how classical archaeology has influenced attitudes about areas as wide-ranging as tourism, nationalism, the role of the museum, and historicism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art./DIV
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The Pursuit of Wow!

Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times

Author: Tom Peters

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307764737

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 8135

Organized into more than 200 thought- and action-provoking elements—from the importance of clean trucks and bathrooms to conversations with entrepreneurs creating new markets—Tom Peters, bestselling management guru offers a practical guide to impractical times. In The Pursuit of Wow!, Tom Peters offers readers the words, the tools, to survive in tumultuous business environments. In his groundbreaking book, In Search of Excellence changed the way business does business. Now it’s time to take the next leap into the cyberstage era. Getting to a place called excellence is no longer the idea. You’ve got to take that leap, then leap again—catapult their imaginations, blow their mindsets—in a word, wow! them. Once more the unconventional Peters stimulates corporate thought processes. Along with the best of his columns, Peters includes questions and rebuttals that come from readers and listeners, as well as his own candid responses. A must-read for every business person.
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In Pursuit of Gender

Worldwide Archaeological Approaches

Author: Sarah M. Nelson,Myriam Rosen-Ayalon

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759100879

Category: Social Science

Page: 433

View: 6055

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The Pursuit of the Millennium

Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

Author: Norman Cohn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198020028

Category: History

Page: 416

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The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies. This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Covering the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe, Cohn demonstrates how prophecies of a final struggle between the hosts of Christ and Antichrist melded with the rootless poor's desire to improve their own material conditions, resulting in a flourishing of millenarian fantasies. The only overall study of medieval millenarian movements, The Pursuit of the Millennium offers an excellent interpretation of how, again and again, in situations of anxiety and unrest, traditional beliefs come to serve as vehicles for social aspirations and animosities.
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Berlusconi's Shadow

Crime, Justice and the Pursuit of Power

Author: David Lane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Berlusconi

Page: 336

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As one of the first investigative journalists to publicly question Berlusconi's fitness for government, Economist writer David Lane helped sparked an uproar in Italy. Now, after years of research and using many unique documents and material, including numerous in-depth interviews with senior magistrates, top lawyers and a former President, he reveals the truth about Berlusconi's life and career: his dubiously acquired wealth and secret offshore companies; his shadowy business associates; his links with noted mafia figures; his extreme right-wing contacts and lingering sympathy for the high days of Italian Fascism; his scandalous manipulation of the legal system; and the staggering conflicts of interest that enable him to exploit his money and media to silence opposition. Berlusconi's Shadow is also an exploration of the dark underside of Italy today: a nation still steeped in violence and corruption, where bribery and backhanders are commonplace and the Mafia seems unstoppable. It is a crisis which, Lane shows, matters now more than ever and we cannot afford to ignore.
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Die kürzeste Geschichte Deutschlands

Author: James Hawes

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843717389

Category: History

Page: 336

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Auf 250 Seiten einmal durch 2000 Jahre deutscher Geschichte: Überzeugend und souverän führt James Hawes von den alten Römern bis in die Gegenwart. Eine große Tour durch die Jahrhunderte, die in einer leidenschaftlichen Hommage an die Bundesrepublik endet. Der Sieg gegen die Römer im Teutoburger Wald, die barbarische Grausamkeit des Dreißigjährigen Kriegs, der Aufstieg des militaristischen Preußens im 18. Jahrhundert — wie Blitzlichter scheinen diese historischen Ereignisse in James Hawes’ fulminantem Parforceritt durch die deutsche Geschichte auf. Die alles beherrschende Frage, die sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Seiten zieht: Gehört das Herzstück Europas zum Westen oder zum Osten? Für Hawes ist klar, dass dieses Land zum Westen zählt. Die Bundesrepublik, so wie wir sie kennen, sieht er in der Tradition des wahren, historischen Deutschlands, dem Staatshörigkeit, puritanischer Eifer und narben gesichtiger Militarismus stets fremd waren. Hawes ist sich sicher: Deutschland ist heute »Europas größte Hoffnung«.
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