The A to Z of Modern Italy is an attempt to introduce the key personalities, events, social developments, and cultural achievements of Italy since the beginning of the 19th century, when Italy first began to emerge as something more than a geographical entity and national feeling began to grow. This is done through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a map, a bibliography, and some 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on prominent individuals, basic institutions, crucial events, history, politics, economics, society, and culture.
Mark F. Gilbert is associate professor of contemporary European history at the University of Trento in Italy, as well as adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna and visiting research fellow of the Department of History, Birkbeck College, University of London. He became a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in June 2005. K. Robert Nilsson established the Center for International Studies in Bologna, which was posthumously renamed in 2000 as the K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies. He was also chairman of the Italy Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State and was editor of the newsletter of the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society.