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Palgrave Macmillan

The Risorgimento Revisited

Nationalism and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Italy

ISBN 9780230362758
Publication Date January 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

What was the appeal and the tropes of national-patriotic discourse in nineteenth-century Italy? How did Romanticism intersect with nationalist politics? Why did a young man or woman become a patriot, join a nationalist movement and, if necessary, fight and die for the cause? By addressing these and other questions, the innovative essays of this collection provide fresh and topical perspectives on a central period in modern Italian history. Beside confronting the narrative of 'Risorgimento', its gendered tropes, and the actual experiences of men and women, the authors approach neglected areas of investigation on the Risorgimento - from the relationship between religion and the nation to the connections with the issue of empire and the aspirations of other peoples in the Mediterranean region. An important contribution to our understanding of Italian and more generally European nationalism, this volume also enlightens current discussions about the role of patriotism and the nature of nationalism in present-day Italy.

SILVANA PATRIARCAProfessor of History at Fordham University in New York City, USA. She has also taught at Columbia University and the University of Florida and is the author of Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy and of Italian Vices: Nation and Character From the Risorgimento to the Republic, both published by Cambridge University Press.
LUCY RIALLProfessor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and has held visiting appointments at the École Normale Supérieure Paris, the Free University Berlin and the University of Freiburg. Her publications include Garibaldi. Invention of a Hero (2007) and Risorgimento. The History of Italy from Napoleon to Nation-State (2009).

Introduction: Revisiting the Risorgimento; S.Patriarca & L.Riall
European Romanticism and the Italian Risorgimento; P.Ginsborg
The Hero and the People; A.Lyttelton
From the People to the Masses: Political Developments in Italian Opera from Rossini to Mascagni; S.Chiappini
Discovering Politics: Action and Recollection in the First Mazzzian Generation; A.Arisi Rota & R.Balzani
Mazzini and/in Love; R.Pesman
Personal and Political Passions: Mothers in the Risorgimento; M.D'Amelia
A Patriotic Emotion: Shame and the Risorgimento; S.Patriarca 
Men at War: Masculinity and Military Ideals in the Risorgimento; L.Riall
The Remembrance of Heroes; A.M.Banti 
Anti-Catholicism and the Culture War in Risorgimento Italy; M.Borutta
Italian Jews and the 1848-49 Revolutions: Patriotism and Multiple Identities; T.Catalan
Liberalism and Empires in the Mediterranean: the Viewpoint of the Risorgimento; M.Isabella
The Risorgimento: a Multi-National Movement; D.Reill

ROBERTO BALZANI Professor of Contemporary History, University of Bologna, Italy
ALBERTO M. BANTI Professor of History, University of Pisa, Italy
MANUEL BORUTTA Lecturer, Department of History, University of Cologne, Germany
TULLIA CATALAN Research Associate, University of Trieste, Italy
SIMONETTA CHIAPPINI University of Florence, Italy
MARINA D'AMELIA Department of History, The Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
PAUL GINSBORG University of Florence, Italy
MAURIZIO ISABELLA Senior Lecturer in History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
ADRIAN LYTTELTON Senior Adjunct Professor of European Studies, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy
SILVANA PATRIARCA Professor of History, Fordham University, New York City, USA
ROS PESMAN Emeritus Professor of History, University of Sydney, Australia
DOMINIQUE REILL Assistant Professor of History, University of Miami, Florida, USA
LUCY RIALL Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK
ARIANNA ARISI ROTA University of Pavia, Italy


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