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Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History


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Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily'sfascinating tale. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily's rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and leftlasting influences on the island's culture and architecture. Sicily's character has also been determined by what passed it by: events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades andColumbus's discovery of the Americas, remarkably had little influence on Italy's most famous island. Maps, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, pronunciation keys, and muchmore make this unique book as essential as it is enjoyable.

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About the Author

Sandra Benjamin was born in Troy, New York, and moved to New York City when she was sixteen. Eleven years ago she publishedThe World of Benjamin of Tudela: A Medieval MediterraneanTravelogue. Since then she has spent much of her time in Sicily. Always fascinated by the varied ethnic groups of New York City, she was similarly attracted by the diversity of peoples who became part of the fabric of Sicily.

Table of Contents

Lipari — The Greek period. Transition : the Romans conquer the island (263 B.C.-212 B.C.) — Romans. Transition : Germanic peoples move south (ca 425-468) — Vandals, Goths, Byzantines. Transition : the coming of the Muslims (827-902) — Muslims. Transition : the coming of the Normans (1061-1091) — Normans. Transition : from Hauteville to Hohenstaufen (1189-1194) — Hohenstaufens. Transition : from Angevin to Aragon (1282-1285) — Spanish. Transition : a break from the Spanish (1713-1734) — Bourbons. Transition : Garibaldi (1848-1860) — The Savoy Kingdom of Italy. Transition: World War II and its aftermath (1943-48) — Autonomous region.

Product Details

Steerforth Press
History : Europe - Italy
Benjamin, Sandra
Publication Date:
April 2010

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