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Author Norwich, John Julius, 1929- author.

Title Sicily : an island at the crossroads of history / John Julius Norwich.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    945.8 NOR    Available
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xxvii, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
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Note "Originally published in the United Kingdom by John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK Company"--Title-page verso.
Originally published under title: Sicily : a short history, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "'Sicily,' said Goethe, 'is the key to everything.' The birthplace of Archimedes, Georgio de Chirico, and Muhammad al-Idrisi, it is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, the link between the Latin world and the Greek, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-point, it has been fought over and occupied in turn by all the great powers that have striven over the centuries to extend their dominion across the Middle Sea. John Julius Norwich offers a vivid, erudite, page-turning account of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a feared Greek city-state to its rise as a wealthy, multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, to its rebellion against Italian unification and the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history--the Roman fascination with Greek culture dates back to their sack of Sicily--and tells the story of one of the world's most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Greeks -- Carthaginians -- Romans, Barbarians, Byzantines, Arabs -- Normans -- The end of the Kingdom -- Stupor mundi -- The Vespers -- The domination of Spain -- Piracy and revolution -- The coming of the Bourbons -- Napoleon, Nelson, and the Hamiltons -- Joseph and Joachim -- The end of the Murats -- The Carbonari and the Quarantotto -- Risorgimento -- The Mafia and Mussolini -- The Second World War.
Subject Sicily (Italy) -- History.
Sicily (Italy) -- Civilization.
Sicily (Italy) -- Kings and rulers -- History.
Sicily (Italy) -- History, Military.
ISBN 9780812995176 hardcover acid-free paper
0812995171 hardcover acid-free paper

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