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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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Sacrality and the Aesthetics of Politics: Mazzini’s Concept of the Nation

Sacrality and the Aesthetics of Politics: Mazzini’s Concept of the Nation

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(p.59) 3 Sacrality and the Aesthetics of Politics: Mazzini’s Concept of the Nation
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Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalization of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920
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Alberto Mario Banti

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264317.003.0004

This chapter examines the conception of the nation proposed by Mazzini in his theoretical and political writings. It shows that Mazzini presents the nation as a kinship community based on history, genealogy, blood, and land – an image tinged with a profound and moving religious aura. Furthermore, the chapter incorporates a gender connotation that contains the crucial reference to the honour of Italian women, which has to be defended by Italian male heroes. This conception is compared with the one that emerges from two paintings by Francesco Hayez, an artist Mazzini knew well and appreciated for his patriotic commitment. The comparison helps us to understand the communicative effectiveness of the idea of the nation proposed by Mazzini and shared by Hayez and many others.

Keywords:   nation, kinship community, gender, Italian women, honour, Francesco Hayez

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