Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History

Sicily Three Thousand Years of Human History The rich recorded history of Sicily reaches back for than three thousand years Greeks Romans Vandals Goths Byzantines Muslims Normans Hohenstaufens Spaniards Bourbons the Savoy Kingdom of I

  • Title: Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History
  • Author: Sandra Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9781586421014
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The rich, recorded history of Sicily reaches back for than three thousand years Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island s culture and architecture And yet no contemporary book tells the story of SicilyThe rich, recorded history of Sicily reaches back for than three thousand years Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island s culture and architecture And yet no contemporary book tells the story of Sicily in a single volume for the general reader Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily s fascinating tale.It is a general history, an account of welfare and warfare Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries Immigrants have included several who became Sicily s rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians All are ancestors of modern Sicilians Sicily s character has also been determined by what passed it by events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades and Columbus s discovery of the Americas, had remarkably little influence on Italy s most famous island Maps, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, pronunciation keys, and much make this book as essential as it is enjoyable.

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    1. The most accurate, detailed and educational synopsis of la Sicilia Bedda I have ever read. Excellent for those who still insist on calling Sicilians "Italians". A must read. Reminds me of the best response I've ever heard to: "You're from Sicily? So you're Italian.", delivered in typical Sicilian form - "I'm from Sicily. I'm Sicilian. How f**king hard is it?"Italians are, well, usually Italian. Sicilians are Greek, Phoenician, Arab, Jewish, Latin, Spanishaken, stirred and served up GORGEOUS, thi [...]


    2. This work is nog particularly well written, nor does it get the historical details correct. So don't bother reading it. There are far better books on the subject.


    3. My rating is more a 3.5. The book's goal is to offer a very compressed overview, and it succeeds. Well-researched and mostly well-written (the attempts at humor fell flat--but that might have been just me). It filled in for me some critical gaps in my understanding of Sicily. A great introduction to the island.



    4. A good overview of the history of Sicily but I unfortunately found the style a little flat, so it reminded me of a textbook rather than a book written for educated adults interested in the history of Sicily. That said, I feel I now have a good overview of the long (and complex) history of this beautiful island, and it helped put in place a number of loose pieces I had regarding Sicilian history--for example, the expulsion of the Jews in 1494; I hadn't realised that in 1494 King Ferdinand (of Spa [...]


    5. Exhaustive and enlighteningWow, this book took forever to get through, but I made it all the way. I was very bored in many parts but I felt that I really learned a lot.


    6. One hears of Sicily as if it had always been part of Italy, and as if its predominant religion had been Roman Catholicism since the time of Constantine. This book provides a useful corrective.That said, the author seems to have as hard a time as people have throughout history in seeing Sicily on its own terms. Too often the idolatry of work creeps in, there's too much insistence on militarism, and the recognition that the Sicilians often knew more of what would work on Sicily than their absentee [...]


    7. A popular and fun-to-read general history of Sicily. Ms. Benjamin keeps the pace up, in spite of a narrative that reaches back to the Peloponnesian War and includes a huge cast of peoples, kings, conquerors, popes and mafiosi of various types. An excellent introduction to the history of this fascinating island.


    8. Fascinating scholarly work chronicling the invasions and occupations of Sicily. It's really a story of the human pain and unintended consequences of top-down policies. A cautionary tale for business who fail to bring all stakeholders to the table and address the issues in the environment.


    9. Fascinating scholarly work chronicling the invasions and occupations of Sicily. It's really a story of the human pain and unintended consequences of top-down policies. A cautionary tale for business who fail to bring all stakeholders to the table and address the issues in the environment.



    10. It becomes clear pretty quickly that Sicily's history is far more complicated than the size of this book can handle. That said, it is a good step-off for further reading.




    11. This is a comprehensive history of Sicily. It's highly readable and good to have if you need a reference book.




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