Tuesday, March 29, 2011

E-Book of the Week: Politics of the Piazza

Canniffe, Eamonn. Politics of the Piazza: The History and Meaning of the Italian Square. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008.

Broken into four parts, this book discusses the relationship between political systems and their methods of representation in architecture. Illustrated with contemporary photographs, analytical drawings and historic images, it examines approximately 70 significant piazzas and situates these in their social and political contexts, highlighting shifts between autocratic and democratic forms of government from antiquity to the present day. Great for people planning on traveling to Italy or interested in Italian history.

Previewed by Joanne Helouvry, Head of Research and Instruction Services. Click here to read this book.

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