Italy (Modern World Nations) by Zoran Pavlovic

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At that time, another force appeared on the western border. The Franks, a Germanic tribe that settled in present-day France and converted to Christianity in the fifth century, had become a major military power. The intention of Charlemagne (768–814), their most famous ruler, was to resurrect what was once the mighty Roman Empire. He, of course, would be emperor. Due to a successful military strategy and skillful politics, Charlemagne quickly became not only king of the Franks, but also the person who would set a foundation for the future Holy Roman Empire.

These links, which lasted for centuries, became the foundation upon which modern Western civilization as we know it developed. , many established tribes already controlled most areas of the peninsula. q 8/15/03 4:04 PM Page 34 34 Italy a tribe from the south in what is today the region of Calabria. Their name ultimately came to identify the country in which they lived—Italy. In fact, several present-day Italian regions, like Liguria and Apulia, take their names from tribes that used to live in the area.

You also will learn about the basic aspects of Italy’s culture, or way of life—its language, religion, arts and sciences, education, and daily life. POPULATION According to Italian government figures, the country’s population reached 58 million sometime during 2002. This figure assumes greater meaning when considered in a relative context: Italy has a population roughly one-fifth of the United States’s living in an area about the size of Arizona! While Arizona has a population density of about 45 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer), Italy has one of nearly 500 (193 per square kilometer).

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