The Nation of the Risorgimento

1st Edition
The Nation of the Risorgimento
Kinship, Sanctity, and Honour in the Origins of Unified Italy
By Alberto Mario Banti, translated by Stuart Olgethorpe

London, Routledge, 2020

224 pages, Available on Taylor & Francis eBooks

This book is a translation of La Nazione del Risorgimento, one of the most important and influential works on modern Italian history published in recent years. It analyses the aspects of the ideas of nationhood and patriotism that impassioned and energized the Italian Risorgimento movement during the first half of the nineteenth century. Employing an innovative interdisciplinary approach that examines the cultural production and consumption of the period, the author has challenged the orthodoxies of post-1945 Italian historiography. He explores the developing themes that gave strength to the idea of the Italian ‘nation’, and in the process persuasively explains why so many young men and women were willing to lay down their lives for the ‘patria’ and its independence.

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