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Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalization of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920$
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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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The Politics of Italian Romanticism: Mazzini and the Making of a Nationalist Culture

The Politics of Italian Romanticism: Mazzini and the Making of a Nationalist Culture

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(p.167) 9 The Politics of Italian Romanticism: Mazzini and the Making of a Nationalist Culture
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Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalization of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920
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Lucy Riall

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264317.003.0010

Mazzini's contribution to political change has always been controversial and difficult to assess. This chapter argues that his different activities – as journalist, as head of a vast associational network, and as political conspirator – should be taken as the expression of a single political strategy which was to make his revolutionary idea of a unitarian, republican Italy convincing to as wide a public as possible. Taking Massimo D'Azeglio's Ettore Fieramosca as an example, it looks at Mazzini's attempts to identify the Romantic narratives of historical novels with his political ambitions. The chapter also analyses in some detail the propaganda work of the Mazzinian journalist Giovan Battista Cuneo in the Rio de la Plata, and the efforts of both Cuneo and Mazzini to promote the cult of Cuneo's colleague Giuseppe Garibaldi in the early 1840s. It concludes that Mazzini's main political achievement was to have created an enduring nationalist culture in Risorgimento Italy, and that his effectiveness as a political leader has been misunderstood and underestimated.

Keywords:   political change, republican Italy, Massimo D'Azeglio, Ettore Fieramosca, historical novels, propaganda, Giovan Battista Cuneo

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