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Irish Nationalism and the Italian Risorgimento

Nation-Nazione brings together scholars of Ireland and Italy to examine the multiple intersections, impacts, and influences that flowed between Italy and Ireland, and Italian and Irish nationalists, in the nineteenth century. By locating both Irish and Italian history in their wider European and comparative contexts, the book contributes to a fuller understanding of the national movements of both places, and the often surprising and unexpected intersections from electoral politics to culture to military force, as well as the abiding impact of Italian events, myths, and personalities in Ireland, and Irish in Italy. For Irish historians, it questions the image of Irish isolation or exceptionalism, just as it reminds Italians that the most distant corners of Europe impacted on their own national history. The first book to comprehensively address this topic, Nation/Nazione will open entirely new fields of research for scholars.

256 pages

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Anne O’Connor and Colin Barr - INTRODUCTION - Nation/Nazione Michele Finelli - Intersections - The historiography of Irish and Italian national movements PART I - LEADERS AND FIGUREHEADS - Roland Sarti - Giuseppe Mazzini, father of European Democracy? Alberto Belletti - Father Gioacchino Ventura and Daniel O’Connell’s funeral oration PART II - WAR AND CRISIS - Ciaran O’Carroll - The Papal Irish Brigade - Origins and objectives and fortunes Anne O’Connor - Conflict, confusion and controversy - The Italian Risorgimento and the Irish Papal Brigade Jennifer O’Brien - Irish public opinion and the Risorgimento through the eyes of the press, 1859-60 PART III - REACTION AND INTERACTION - Colin Barr - Mazzinians, Garibaldians and Fenians - The Risorgimento in the Irish Catholic imagination Andrew Shields - ’That Noble Struggle’ - Irish Conservative Attitudes towards the Risorgimento, c. 1848-70 Marta Ramon - Irish nationalism and the demise of the Papal States, 1848-71 PART IV - CULTURE AND GENDER - Emanuelo Minuto - The reception of Thomas Moore in Italy in the nineteenth century Donatella Abbate Badin - Female agency in the Risorgimento - Lady Morgan’s role and impact Emer Delaney - Women in the Risorgimento and Irish independence movement Notes Index.

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