Italy - Introduction

Background: Italy became a nation-state belatedly - in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the European Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, the ravages of organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the more prosperous north.

Italy - Geography

Italy - People

Italy - Government

Italy - Economy

Italy - Communications

Italy - Transportation

Italy - Military

Italy - Transnational Issues


Ilsonline - Italian Language School in Otranto
Italian Language School ILSONLINE is the best solution in Italy for a study vacation in Italy

Italian Language School ILS provides italian courses. Come here to learn the italian culture and way of life in: Otranto - Lecce - Apulia. Learn Italian in Italy in the famous small resort town of Otranto on the seaside, live in a lovely residential district, just 50 meters away from the beach, and just a few steps away from the city centre. We are also closed the railway station

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