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Culture and Customs of Italy (Culture and Customs of Europe)by Charles Killinger
Synopses & Reviews
Americans have a voracious appetite for Italy. It remains a primary destination for travel, art history, cuisine, and more. Like no other source, Culture and Customs of Italy engagingly explains the scope of Italy and Italians today to students and general readers in one volume. As well, this book provides the needed context to understand the enormous contributions of Italian Americans in shaping the cultural heritage and current popular culture of the United States.
It clearly summarizes the land, people, and history and relates the highlights of a culture that has excelled in so many areas, such as food, sports, literature, the arts, architecture and design, and cinema. The powerful roles of religion and thought, family and gender, holidays, leisure, and media in Italian life are treated in-depth in individual chapters as well. Crucial regional aspects and historical framing of all topics add to the authoritativeness. A chronology, glossary, photos, and maps round out the coverage.
Book News Annotation:
Drawing on experience gleaned from many years of traveling, studying, and teaching in Italy, Killinger (history, Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida) profiles a country that helped birth modern Western culture. He progresses from a summary of major historical, geographical, and cultural features to in-depth coverage of key cultural aspects, including a survey of contemporary political, media, and social trends (e.g. gender issues). A chronology, maps, b&w snapshots, and a glossary round out the treatment for students, travelers, and those interested in their Italian heritage.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This content-rich, reader-friendly narrative is the one-stop
This content-rich, reader-friendly narrative is the one-stop source for understanding the scope of Italy and Italians today.
About the Author
CHARLES KILLINGER is Professor of History at Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida, and the author of The History of Italy (Greenwood, 2002).
Table of Contents
The Land, People, and History
Religion and Thought
Marriage, Gender, and Family
Holidays, Saints' Days, Festivals, and Food
Leisure Activities and Sport
Cinema and Mass Media
Art, Architecture, and Design
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