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Golden Fruit: A Cultural History of Oranges in Italy
Golden Fruit: A Cultural History of Oranges in Italy
By Cristina Mazzoni

Through close readings of key texts, including spiritual writings, fairy tales, and a botanical treatise, Golden Fruit examines the role of oranges in Italian culture from their introduction during the medieval period through to the present day.

Available May 2018
Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy
Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy
By Arielle Saiber

Measured Words investigates the rich commerce between computation and writing that proliferated in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.

Available Dec 2017
The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality
The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality
Edited by Robin Pickering-Iazzi

The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality is the first book to examine the online battles between the mafia and its growing cohort of opponents.

Published Feb 2017
Italian Futurism and the First World War
Italian Futurism and the First World War
By Selena Daly

Selena Daly’s work is the first comprehensive study of Futurism during the First World War period. In this book, she examines the cultural, political, and military engagement of the Futurists with the war effort, both on the battlefields and on the home front.

Published Aug 2016
Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality
Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality
Edited by Rebecca Messbarger, Christopher M.S. Johns, and Philip Gavitt

Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment offers a comprehensive assessment of Benedict’s engagement with Enlightenment art, science, spirituality, and culture. 

Published Jan 2016
Mussolini's Decennale: Aura and Mythmaking in Fascist Italy
Mussolini's Decennale: Aura and Mythmaking in Fascist Italy
By Antonio Morena

Positioning the 1932 anniversary celebrations as the crux of the fascist transition from conservatism to totalitarianism, Mussolini’s Decennale broadens our understanding of fascist ideology, cultural politics, and Realpolitik.

Published Dec 2015
Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Merchant Writers: Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance
By Vittore Branca
Translated by Murtha Baca
With a biographical essay by Cesare de Michelis

This new English translation of Merchant Writers includes all the texts from the original Italian edition in their entirety. Moreover, it offers a gripping personal introduction to the mercantile world of medieval and Renaissance Florence.

Published Oct 2015
The 'Commentaries' of Pope Pius II (1458-1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy
The 'Commentaries' of Pope Pius II (1458-1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy
By Emily O’Brien

The Commentaries of Pope Pius II (1458–1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy demonstrates the role that Pius and his writings played in the evolution of the Renaissance papacy.

Published Sep 2015
Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia
Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia
By Antonio Sorge

In Legacies of Violence, Antonio Sorge examines highland Sardinia’s long history of resistance to outside authority and the effects that a history of violence exercises on collective representations.

Published Jun 2015
Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains
Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains
By Elio Costa and Gabriele Scardellato

The definitive biography of this Canadian mountain hero, Lawrence Grassi will be essential reading for those interested in the history of immigration, sport, and the Rocky Mountains.

Published May 2015