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C. A. Bayly and E. F. Biagini

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264317

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264317.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalization of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920

C. A. Bayly

Eugenio F. Biagini

British Academy

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how Giuseppe Mazzini played a crucial role in popularizing the word ‘democracy’ in the 19th century, and how he remained an iconic figure whose memory was invoked as an analogical and conjunctural symbol by democrats, nationalists, humanitarians, and religious reformers from the River Plata to the River Ganges. It describes how Mazzini's deep, albeit ambiguous, unorthodox, and syncretistic religiosity was key to his success. The chapter also details the spread of Mazzini's influence, which followed the route of Italian political emigration and was later magnified through the British prism.

Keywords:   Giuseppe Mazzini, religiosity, political influence, Italian political emigration

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