Between Salt Water and Holy Water

Between Salt Water and Holy Water

A History of Southern Italy

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A history of southern Italy chronicles the cultural, political, and other myriad influences that shaped modern civilization in the Mediterranean, challenging stereotypes about the region's history of poverty and violence while providing coverage of such topics as its former ruling nations and its unification. 10,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
“Lucid, evocative, and richly detailed.”—Jay Parini, author of The Apprentice Lover
The history of southern Italy is entirely distinct from that of northern Italy, yet it has never been given its own historical due. In this authoritative and wholly engrossing history, distinguished scholar Tommaso Astarita “does a masterful job of correcting this error” (Mark Knoblauch, Booklist). From the Normans and Angevins, through Spanish and Bourbon rule, to the unification of Italy in 1860, Astarita rescues the South from the dustier folds of history and restores it to sparkling life. We are introduced to the freethinking, cosmopolitan King Frederick, who conferred with Jewish and Muslim philosophers; to Masaniello, “the fisherman of Naples,” who inspired artists and revolutionaries across Europe; and to the colorful religious observances, diverse population, ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, sweet music, and magnificent art—all of which inspired visitors to claim that one had to “see Naples, and then die.”

Book News
Its stunning beauty attracted even the Greeks. Protestantism made few inroads there, but Jews and Muslims were favored by advisors by at least one king. Native Astarita (history, Georgetown U.) presents an accessible account of the people, events, trends and evolving lifestyle of southern Italy, starting with the forays of the aforesaid Greeks to the kings that created Italian supremacy in politics, art, music and literature, to the rise of Naples in the late middle ages and the years of submission to Spain, the influence of colonialism in a restored region anxious to prove itself, the bizarre culture of the baroque Naples, the southern Italian enlightenment, the effects of the Grand Tour, and the end of the kingdom in revolution. His final commentary is an assessment of how the south fits within the concept of an Italian nation. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393058646 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 945.7 AST
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill., geneal. tables ; 25 cm

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