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I. General – II. History and Sociology

I. General

Since 1861 (the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy), Italy has been the name of the first unified nation on the Italian peninsula since the Lombard invasion in 568. Following a referendum in 1946, Italy became a republic (Repubblica Italiana) with a bicameral parliament. The president is the representative chief of state; the government is headed by the prime minister. Since 1870, with the dissoluti…

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Beck, Rolf K., Schneider, Helmuth, Paoli-Lafaye, Elisabeth, Ricca, Paolo and Veltri, Giuseppe, “Italy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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