As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
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That sounds good. And they have it on Ebay. I think I will give it a try. What I would really like is a book on the history of my grandfather's comune. A book was written by a man whose name is in the family tree (although I do not know if it is the same person) but it is only sold in Italian. I guess I may have to learn the language!
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