Harry Hearder's "Italy: A Short History" Book Review by Nicky

Harry Hearder's "Italy: A Short History"
Reviews the book "Italy: A Short History" by Harry Hearder (1989), which is really a full history of Italy from the prehistoric era to relatively modern times.
# 147601 | 1,055 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on May 17, 2011 in History (European) , Literature (English)

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This paper explains that Harry Hearder's "Italy: A Short History" is a large amount of history packed into a small volume that does start from the earliest prehistoric times but mostly highlights the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Fascist period and time since World War II. Next, the author states that the book at times is difficult to read and somewhat plodding, clearly written for an academic audience. The paper concludes that the author learned a lot from this book but really did not enjoy it and feels that he will not be able to retain the information.

From the Paper:

"Well, I did learn a lot more about Italian history after reading this book, especially in the Middle Ages and the Fascist period, which I did not know much about. The author combines a lot of facts and information in the book, which helps make it a little more interesting, and he shows how Italy altered over time to become the modern country that it is today. I learned that the Black Death hit Italy hard, that it really was one of the centers of learning in early Europe, and that early Italy had many wars of which I was not aware."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hearder, Harry. Italy: A Short History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

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Harry Hearder's "Italy: A Short History" (2011, May 17) Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/harry-hearder-italy-a-short-history-147601/

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