Cambridge Scholars are proud to announce the first English language edition of Italo Insolera’s classic text Modern Rome: From Napoleon to the Twenty-First Century. After fifty years and fifteen editions in Italy, this groundbreaking work in the field of historical urban studies has now been expertly translated.
A masterful narrative leads the reader through the last two centuries in the history of the Eternal City, capital of the Papal State, then of the united Italy, first under the monarchy and subsequently the republic. Rome’s chaotic growth and often ineffective urban planning, almost invariably overpowered by building speculation, can find an opportunity for future redemption in a vibrant multicultural society and the enhancement of an unequalled archaeological heritage with the ancient Appian Way as its spine.
With respect to the last Italian edition of 2011, the volume is updated and enriched in text, indexes, maps and photographs. Historians, urban planners, architects, decision makers, university students, and anyone who is interested in one of the world’s most intriguing cities will enjoy this book.
A renowned figure in urban studies and planning, Italo Insolera (1929–2012) was Professor at the Universities of Venice and Geneva. Specializing in the relationship between archaeology and the modern city, his remarkable talents also extended to photography. Insolera battled against whatever diminishes the beauty of our environment and the justice of our society; his lasting relationships with environmental and cultural organisations, with citizen participation and protest are potentially his most important legacy. Of his many published books and essays dealing with the economic, social, cultural, and political conditions of urban development, this is the first to be translated into English.
The team of editors-translators is composed of:
Lucia Bozzola, an American writer and film expert who received a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has worked in the media industry for two decades.
Roberto Einaudi, an architect specialising in restoration and museum design, and urban and archaeological planning in Venice, Rome and Naples. He was also founding Director of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning in Rome.
Marco Zumaglini, an Italian engineer. He has worked mostly on transnational projects dealing with the integrated planning of the environment with special reference to watercourses and cultural heritage sites.
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