CITIES OF THE 20th CENTURY - eps. 4
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Despite its flamboyant past, Italy was one of the poorest regions in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Its citizens emigrated to escape misery. In just 60 years, however, the country succeeded to be ranked 8th largest economy.
This impressive development that transformed Italy from a country of emigration into a destination of high immigration, was first and foremost underpinned by its cities. They took the lead in the modernisation of the Italian nation, but they also had to bear the consequences: overpopulation, pollution and the restructuring of the urban landscape.