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Excellent intro or update to Milan's complex recent history27 juillet 2009
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There's little to add to the enthusiastic reviews above. Over the course of three visits to Milan, I have been happy to discover hidden layers to this multi-textured city, a city which does not lay itself bare to a first gaze. Dr Foot's highy readable book brings to our consideration the myriad social, cultural and economic aspects (the unique or emblematic problems and successes) of the recent history of this great city. The book certainly enriches our knowledge and gives us several insightful views of the Milan we thought we already knew as being the rich and complex capital of St Ambrose, the Viscontis, and the Sforzas, not to mention the industrious workshop of Leonardo, Bramante and many other artists and intellectuals and today's fashion and design legends. I am increasingly intrigued by the unique Italian experience of urban history and city building. More than the rest of lovely Italy perhaps, Milan has been historically highly attractive to successive waves of invaders and now of immigrants. Simply at that level, it has a unique history to tell. Dr Foot has unravelled some of the most recent layers -- and I might add that this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in cities.