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Sicily : a short history, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Sicily : a short history, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Norwich, John Julius, 1929-2015
The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all - and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this book is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean's largest island. This vivid short history covers everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination of Byzantine emperors, from Nelson's affair with Emma Hamilton to Garibaldi and the rise of the Mafia. Taking in the key buildings and towns, and packed with fascinating stories and unforgettable characters, Sicily is the book he was born to write.
London : John murray, 2015.
xiii, 366 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), map ; 24 cm.
1.Greeks -- 2.Carthaginians -- 3.Romans, Barbarians, Byzantines, Arabs -- 4.Normans -- 5.The End of the Kingdom -- 6.Stupor Mundi -- 7.The Vespers -- 8.The Domination of Spain -- 9.Piracy and Revolution -- 10.The Coming of the Bourbons -- 11.Napoleon, Nelson and the Hamiltons -- 12.Joseph and Joachim -- 13.The End of the Murats -- 14.The Carbonari and the Quarantotto -- 15.Risorgimento -- 16.The Mafia and Mussolini -- 17.The Second World War.
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