By Claudio Pavone
“Among the few undeniable masterpieces of latest history.” –Financial Times
A Civil War is a historical past of the wartime Italian Resistance, mentioned through a historian who took half within the fight opposed to Mussolini’s Fascist Republic. on account that its e-book in Italy, Claudio Pavone’s masterwork has turn into necessary to an individual looking to comprehend this era and its carrying on with significance for the nation’s identity.
Pavone casts a sober eye on his protagonists’ moral and ideological motivations. He uncovers a multilayered clash, during which type antagonisms, patriotism and political beliefs all performed an element. a transparent realizing of this complexity permits him to provide an explanation for many info of the post-war transition, in addition to the legacy of the Resistance for contemporary Italy. as well as being a huge paintings of scholarship, A Civil War is a folks background, shooting occasions, personalities and attitudes that have been at the verge of slipping completely out of recollection to the detriment of Italy’s realizing of itself and its prior.
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After the 1430 peace treaty with the Ottomans, Venetian trading interests in the eastern Mediterranean remained strong, but their ambitions toward further political expansion were curbed. In the period of fragile peace that followed, the Ottomans continued to extend their control over the Balkans. 76 One of these sometime allies was John (Gjon) Castriot, an Albanian chief who held his territory through negotiating with both the Ottomans and the Venetians throughout the early part of the ﬁfteenth century, receiving concessions from both sides.
In addition to the ravages of the 1348 plague, Venice fought two long and costly wars against the Genoese, from 1350 to 1355 and 1378 to 1381. 17 The loss of Dalmatia was a serious blow: Venice lost its control of the Dalmatian salt markets and access to the overland routes of the Balkans, as well as the sheltered ports and manpower for the ﬂeets. 18 In 1363, a group of discontented Veneto-Cretan feudatories joined with Greek citizens of Candia, imprisoned the Venetian duke of the island, and raised the ﬂag of San Tito, the local patron saint.
A few years later, Venetians faced the combined papal, French, and imperial armies on their western frontier. These powers, angered by Venice’s expansion onto the Italian 38 Men of Empire mainland, banded together in the League of Cambrai in 1508, and by 1509 Venice had lost all of its territories on the mainland. Venice recovered its mainland domains within a decade, but the rest of the sixteenth century was an extended defensive action on its maritime frontier. Venice lost Malvasia, Mykonos, and Nauplion in the fourth war with the Ottomans (1537–1540) but managed to hold on to Corfu despite a devastating siege.