Antique map of Italy
Historical map of Italy. Antique map of Italy (Southern Europe - Europe) to print. Antique map of Italy (Southern Europe - Europe) to download. The origins of the Italian history can be traced back to the 9th century BC, when earliest accounts date the presence of Italic tribes in present-day central Italy. Linguistically, they were divided into Oscans, Umbrians and Latins as its shown in the antique map of Italy. Later the Latin culture became dominant, as Rome emerged as a powerful city-state around 350 BC. Other pre-Roman civilizations include Magna Graecia in Southern Italy and the Etruscan civilization, which flourished between 900 and 150 BC in the central section of the peninsula.
After the fall of Rome in AD 476, Italy remained fragmented in numerous city-states for much of the following millennium, finally falling under different foreign dominations as its mentioned in the antique map of Italy. Parts of Italy were annexed to the Spanish, the Austrian and Napoleon I empire, while the Vatican maintained control over Rome, before the Italian Peninsula was eventually liberated and unified in the late 19th century.
The new new Kingdom of Italy, established in 1861 as you can see in the antique map of Italy, quickly modernized and built a vast colonial empire, colonizing parts of Africa, and countries along the Mediterranean. However, many regions of the young nation (notably, the South) remained rural and poor, originating the Italian diaspora. Italy suffered enormous losses in World War I but came out on the winning side, but the fragile liberal state soon collapsed owing to poverty, violence and social unrest. The Fascists, led by Benito Mussolini, took over and set up an authoritarian dictatorship.