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Risorgimento in exile : Italian émigrés and the liberal international in the post-Napoleonic era
Isabella, Maurizio.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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x, 284 p. ; 24 cm.


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Book 0325420 DG552.6 .I75 2009 Central Campus Library

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Declared proxime accessit for the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize 2009The experience of exiles was fundamental for shaping Italian national identity. Risorgimento in Exile investigates the contribution to Italian nationalism made by the numerous patriots who were forced to live in exile following failed revolutions in the Italian states.Examining the writings of such exiles, Maurizio Isabella challenges recent historiography regarding the lack of genuine liberal culture in the Risorgimento. He argues that these emigres' involvement in debates with British, continental, and American intellectuals points to the emergence ofLiberalism and Romanticism as international ideologies shared by a community of patriots that stretched from Europe to Latin America.Risorgimento in Exile represents the first effort to place Italian patriotism in a broad international framework, revealing the importance and originality of the Italian contribution to European Anglophilia and Philhellenism, and to transatlantic debates on federalism. In doing so, it demonstratesthat the Risorgimento first developed as a variation upon such global trends.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who were the exiles? From Napoleonists to Revolutionaries
Part I A Liberal International? The Italian Exiles and the worldwide struggle for Freedom
1 A Liberal International: simultaneous revolutions and the birth of a trans-national civil society
2 The Spanish Revolution, Italian volunteers and European
3 In Search of New Models of Heroism: Revolutionary Leadership and Democratic Federalism in Spanish America
4 Greece and the regeneration of the Mediterranean
5 Cosmopolitan patriots: freedom and civilization as global processes
Part II England and Italy Compared
6 English institutions and Italian Freedom
7 Assessing English Commercial society
8 Narrating the Risorgimento to the British public
Epilogue: from Political Defeat to Memory
Biographical Appendix