For the types of the Roman publishing house Jouvence, in the last week of March 2009 the book by Giovanni Armillotta was published, The peoples of Europe without a state. Journey through the forgotten ethnic groups (190 pp. - ISBN 978-88-7801-409-1) for the Order & Chaos series directed by Franco Cardini, Marco Tarchi and Danilo Zolo.
The volume of our collaborator, which presents itself with a unique and original cover, is magnificently paginated with the illustrations chosen by the author placed in excellent evidence. In the volume we also appreciate the colored flags of those peoples, almost unknown to the general public.
Armillotta's work deals with ancient and contemporary hidden periods of what are commonly known as simple regions of well-known European states: Brittany (France), Catalonia (Spain), Cornwall (Great Britain), Fær Øer (Denmark), Friesland (Countries Bassi), Friuli (Italy), Wales (Great Britain), Lapland (Scandinavian Countries of the Arctic Circle and Russia), Isle of Man (Great Britain), Occitania (France), Basque Country (Spain), Ladin Countries (Italy and France), Sardinia (Italy), Scotland (Great Britain) and the Sòrabi of Lusatia (Germany).
Geographical and geopolitical areas that gather epochs of great history and fight against a centralizing power. Or memories of when these same peoples in their turn contained solid states and remote traditions.
The temporal continuity of the linear flow of time, describes us how the people in question were found to be losers in the collision with allogeneic realities and stronger military apparatus first, and coercive-administrative later. The essay makes us understand the cultural bewilderment that many of these ethnic groups have crossed and cross in contact with the victorious "metropolis".
The problem of the weakening of the primitive idiomatic expression, the struggle for the memory of the origins and the language, leads the author not only to present the different minorities as they left in Europe (including Italy), but also the efforts of those few who seek to keep alive the pride of peoples who risk disappearing in the flattening led by the dissuasion and attempts at homologation of those who were once invaders and today represent that legitimacy recognized by international community and law.
The protection of a minority presence on any territory is not only to cure the language. There are further dimensions ranging from literature to historical revision, etc .; topics that must be identified through an overall study by the authority, which often considers these regions, at most, as tourist assets, if not worse than foreign military bases.
The author's introduction also speaks of the Còssovo, of the Arbëreshët and of our Mother Country.
The spirit of the work is enclosed in the words of Maurizio Vernassa who in the presentation states: "To build the new, great Europe of our aspirations and hopes, the Europe of common and shared civilization, Europe freed from the unacceptable and dangerous national-imperialist prevarications and the tragedies, ancient or very recent, produced by them, it is necessary first of all to know in depth all the characteristics of its multiple historical, political, social and ethnic components ".
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