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Running head: Cross Culture 1 Cross-Cultural Report on Italy
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Cross Culture 2 Italy’s Cross-Culture Report A key part of the International business game is knowing and understanding who you are going to be doing business with. When talking about culture it is defined as the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization and in this case a country (Webster,2019). When trying to wheel and deal with foreign countries it’s a smart move to know some of their practices since if you do something that is considered normal in your home country it could be disrespectful in the country you want to do business in and can lead to a breakdown in negotiations possibly resulting in the loss of a potential partner. To be able to understand Italy then it would be undeniably wise to look at important parts that make up Italian culture such as their history, holidays, business norms/practices, customs, beliefs, and of course food which seems to be an important part of Italian culture.
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Cross Culture 3 Italian History Italy has one of the richest history’s that has been recorded and has been the site of some of the most important turning points in human history and its lineage can be traced back as far as 735 B.C with the foundation of Rome where the newly minted romans named the Italian peninsular “Italia” which is modern day Italy (K&R Mandile,2018). While Italy has an extensive history it went through many centuries of facing invasions and being broken up into several different city states until around 1815 when a unification effort took place which was called the Risorgimento’ which was an intricate development which would result in the unification of all the different Italian states into the modern nation of Italy and all this started with the resentment that had been growing due to the peninsulas domination by Austria and other countries before it but Italy wouldn’t be officially unified till 1861 (K&R Mandile,2018). From the unification effort there where two particular individuals who stood out and they were Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Mazzini, a local of Genoa, was imprisoned in 1830 as a result of his membership with the Carbonari secret society. After being exiled to France and then later England, he would go on to lead number of unsuccessful uprising in Italy, but was able to eventually work with Garibaldi to achieve their shared dream of an unified Italian nation and after his death his funeral was attended by over 100,000 people to show their respect for the man who helped bring their country together after such a long time of being broken. (K&R Mandile,2018). Giuseppe Garibaldi was born in Nice (pronounced as Nizza) and like Mazzini he was also a member of the Carbonari secret society. When in 1834 after a failed insurrection he was forced to flee but would later return in 1854 to take up the cause once more along with his compatriot Mazzini. (K&R Mandile,2018).
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