Risorgimento in Exile: Italian Emigres and the Liberal International in the Post-Napoleonic Era

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byMaurizio Isabella

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The 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.

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The 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 ...

Maurizio Isabella is Lecturer in Modern European History at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has been a Research fellow at Birkbeck College, London, and Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University. This is his first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:December 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Who were the exiles? From Napoleonists to RevolutionariesPART I: A Liberal International? The Italian Exiles and the worldwide struggle for Freedom1. A Liberal International: simultaneous revolutions and the birth of a trans-national civil society2. The Spanish Revolution, Italian volunteers and European3. In Search of New Models of Heroism: Revolutionary Leadership and Democratic Federalism in Spanish America4. Greece and the regeneration of the Mediterranean5. Cosmopolitan patriots: freedom and civilization as global processesPART II: England and Italy Compared6. English institutions and Italian Freedom7. Assessing English Commercial society8. Narrating the Risorgimento to the English publicEpilogue: from Political Defeat to MemoryConclusionsBiographical AppendixBibliography

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"a welcome contribution to the field ... Isabella has provided scholars with a significant foundation for future research" --Alexander Peter Otruba, Nations and Nationalism 18/10/2012