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Published: 01 September 2015

256 Pages

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9781849045124

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Genoa, 'La Superba'

The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower

Nicholas Walton

A Hurst Publication

  • Genoa is Italy's unknown giant - It rose out of nowhere to become a superpower in the Middle Ages, locking horns with Venice for mastery of the Mediterranean's trading links to the East. Even though its time on the top table was limited, its decline was long and influential
  • Fascinating history of Genoa and Liguria that includes the imprisonment of Marco Polo, the introduction of the Black Death to Europe and the rise of explorer Christopher Columbus
  • Covers everything from food to football, poverty to the ecological and economic problems of the region today
  • Author is a former BBC journalist who writes in an engaging style
  • Genoa stands in as a case study for Italy - from the Risorgimento to the mass emigration, and from Italy's industrial rebirth and its post-war dynamism to its gathering post-1990 malaise