Four new countries and nine updated editions have been added to Bobbie Kalman's popular Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series. These powerful and ... Show synopsis Four new countries and nine updated editions have been added to Bobbie Kalman's popular Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series. These powerful and intimate portraits of countries use up-to-date information and full-color photography. Presented in a mini series format, three books per country ensures thorough coverage of all the important aspects. It also allows more students to work on different projects at the same time. Covering more than basic history and geography, students will be fascinated to learn about: -- the land... geography, agriculture, transportation, history, industry, and glorious wonders -- the people... unique customs, customs we share, problems faced by minority groups and women -- the culture... modern festivals, ancient processions, food, games, and more Italy's long history began with the Etruscans in the north, followed by the rise of the Roman Empire and the many wars that led to the rebirth and prosperity of Italian cities. The Italian Renaissance and its role in the arts and sciences is featured along with the strength of the Italian family. Candid photographs show what life is like in Italy including education, sports, and fashion. Topics include: -- the Roman Empire and life in early Rome -- Marco Polo and Galileo -- the struggle during WWII and Italy's rebirth -- the Italian people, their families and customs -- city and country life -- school and the Montessori method -- soccer, bocce, and how to play morra -- famous for fashion and food -- make your own pizza!