There is no European society whose modern history has been more deeply marked by disasters, both natural and social, than has Italy's. Disasters test the social fabric and the political system to their limits. Survival and rebuilding draw on the deepest cultural reserves. This volume brings new research on all aspects of the Italian experience of disaster from unification to the present day. The book is a significant contribution both to the understanding of Italian history, and to the study of the impact of disasters on society.