This Is How We Rebuilt Italy
The extraordinary growth of a war-torn country during the years after WW2.
1945 Italy was in the same sad state as other European countries. The damage to transport, industries and housing meant that living conditions were disastrous and the country was divided. In the north and centre, there was a strong desire for change and a democracy that would serve the interests of the people. In the South, on the contrary, the traditional ruling classes had maintained political and social dominance. The book explains who the subsequent growth due to the spread of mass consumer goods and the leisure industry created an unimaginable well-being which only accentuated the historic gap between North and South, profoundly changing the demography of the country.