Italy is the country of la dolce vita, the epitome of heritage, aesthetics and gastronomy. But it is also permanently in crisis, populated by shady mafiosi and corrupt politicians who ensure that the country is lagging behind politically. Or not? In Proeftuin Italië. Hoe het mooiste land van Europa de moderne politiek uitvond ('Laboratory Italy. How the most beautiful country in Europe invented modern politics') historians Dr Pepijn Corduwener and Dr Arthur Weststeijn reverse the image of Italy as lagging behind, and show why Italy is in fact the trendsetter of modern politics.
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