Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History

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Steerforth Press, 2007 - History - 498 pages
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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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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

SICILY: Three Thousand Years of Human History

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A compact history of the Mediterranean's largest island, the most frequently conquered spot on earth. Sicily's natural resources, agricultural importance and strategic location have made it a prize ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Sandra Benjamin was born in Troy, New York, and moved to New York City when she was sixteen. Eleven years ago she published The 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.

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