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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 Excerpt: ... well developed and eco-South, nomically fairly rich and prosperous, but the South is poorer and less orderly, and is inhabited by a race quite different from the people of the North. The union of these two dissimilar sections, with their different temperaments, interests, and outlooks, has been and will continue to be a serious problem. When Italy was united, three quarters of her people Illiteracy could not read and write; at the present time only half SSLai of the Italians are illiterate, and not more than one third laws, of the men are unable to read and write. The great preponderance of illiteracy is in the South, where the schools are inferior. The government of the communes or local districts provides primary education, but the law insists upon only three years' attendance and it is very laxly enforced.1 One of the most interesting and important problems "Italia of Italy is that embraced in the phrase "Italia irredenta," anocontroi or unredeemed Italy. In 1866, when Venetia was added of the to the kingdom (§ 240), Austria did not give up her hold on Adriatlc' the upper valleys of the A'di-ge river, known as the Trenti'no. This she still holds. Besides the Italians living in the Trentino there are a great many, possibly a million or more, to be found in Is'tri-a and Dal-ma'tia or other provinces on the northern or eastern shores of the Adriatic. Italy feels that she must regain these alien territories which are still inhabited by Italians. She believes also that her national success depends upon her real control of the Adriatic Sea. She therefore desires control of Al-ba'ni-a in the Balkan region, and of most if not all of the 1 There are no proper means for the preparation of teachers, and consequently the instruction given in the...
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