Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony

Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony

by Paul Ginsborg

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Overview

Silvio Berlusconi, a self-made man with a taste for luxurious living, owner of a huge television empire and the politician who likened a German MEP to a Nazi concentration camp guard—small wonder that much of democratic Europe and America has responded with considerable dismay and disdain to his governance of Italy.

Paul Ginsborg, contemporary Italy’s foremost historian, explains here why we should take Berlusconi seriously. His new book combines historical narrative–Berlusconi’s childhood in the dynamic and paternalist Milanese bourgeoisie, his strict religious schooling, a working life which has encompassed crooning, large construction projects and the creation of a commercial television empire–with careful analysis of Berlusconi’s political development.

While highlighting the particular italianita of Berlusconi’s trajectory, Ginsborg also finds international tendencies, such as the distorted relationship between the media system and politics. Throughout, Ginsborg suggests that Berlusconi has gotten as far as he has thanks to the wide-open space left by the strategic weaknesses of modern left-wing politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844675418
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Author of the highly acclaimed books A History of Contemporary Italy and Italy and Its Discontents, Paul Ginsborg teaches history at Florence University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Glossaryxi
List of Presidents of the Council of Ministersxvii
Prologue1
1Buildings11
2The Making of a Television Empire28
3Into Politics57
4Right and Left: 1996-200181
5Berlusconi's Project102
6In Power132
7Resistances162
Postscript175
Index185

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