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Italy

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on 15 April 2015

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Transcript of Italy

History
Italy was the heart of one of the largest, most powerful states in the world
Even after it collapsed, Italy remained a major influence on Europe and other parts of the world
Unified Italy
Italy remained divided from the fall of the Roman Empire until the mid-1800's
Increased feelings of nationalism led people across Italy to fight for unification!
Italy became unified in 1961 under Giuseppe Garibaldi

1920s: Benito Mussolini became dictator
Joined Hitler and the Axis powers in WWII
In 1945, Italy was defeated

After WWII: Italy became a democracy
Power is in hands of an elected Parliament and Prime Minister
Italy has one of the strongest economies in Europe!
Culture
Religion: Most belong to Roman Catholic Church
Church has been strongest influence in Italian culture
The Pope lives on Italian Peninsula is Vatican City (is an independent state located within Rome

Hundreds of churches
Religions holidays and
festivals are major
events!
Traditions
Italian Food: Olives, tomatoes, rice, and pasta
South: pasta with tomato sauce
North: creamy sauces more common

Italy is a city of the arts
Trendsetters: shaping styles of clothes
contemporary art forms

Italy has produced some of the world's greatest painters, sculptors, authors, composers, fashion designers, and filmmakers!
Renaissance
A period of great advances in art, architecture and literature
Italy
Ancient Rome: Built in 700s BC
Included a huge empire
Europe
Southwest Asia
northern Africa
Roman art, architecture, literature, and law still influence people today
Christianity arose and spread in the Roman empire
Collapsed in 400s due to weak leadership and invasions
The Renaissance began in the 1300s in cities like Florence, but spread to other parts of Europe

Some of the world's greatest works of art were created at this time!
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