Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History (Paperback)

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    Sandra Benjamin was born in Troy, New York, and moved to New York City when she was sixteen. Eleven years ago she publishedThe World of Benjamin of Tudela: A Medieval Mediterranean Travelogue. Since then she has spent much of her time in Sicily. Always fascinated by the varied ethnic groups of New York City, she was similarly attracted by the diversity of peoples who became part of the fabric of Sicily.
    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. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily’s rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. 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. 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, remarkably had little influence on Italy’s most famous island. Maps, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, pronunciation keys, and much more make this unique book as essential as it is enjoyable.

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    ISBN 9781586421311
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / Italy
    Format Paperback
    Pages 498
    Publisher Date 2007-12-18 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Steerforth Pr
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.25 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.45 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Three Thousand Years of Human History
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Benjamin, Sandra
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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